Dinner and Graduation Ceremony
Forty volunteers enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Warrnambool RSL. Heike Fleischmann, Palliative Care Victoria’s Volunteer Engagement & Capacity Building Manager, was invited as the guest speaker.
Warrnambool and District Community Hospice (WDCH) facilitated a dinner for their volunteers which included a graduation ceremony for seven new volunteers from Camperdown, Terang and Cobden. An end-of-life ancillary services grant from the Victorian Government enabled WDCH to expand their services in the Shire of Corangamite.
Opportunity to share stories
In a get-to-know-each-other session the volunteers were encouraged to introduce themselves and to share what they like most in their role as a volunteer. Their stories were amazing and very touching.
One volunteer said “I feel I get more back from the person who is dying than I give to them.”
Heike talked about PCV’s Volunteer Stories campaign for National Volunteer Week to promote volunteer opportunities in the palliative care sector and showcase the impact volunteers. She also introduced the PCV Awareness Campaign Moments That Matter. These are real stories of people facing the end of their lives.
For Heike it was a fantastic opportunity to gain a better understanding of the great work volunteers and staff members of WDCH are providing for their community.