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CHANGING LIVES

Read about one of our volunteers and how she makes a difference to the people she provides support to.


Mary is a supportive care volunteer for Ballarat Hospice Care and understands the impact of volunteering.

Mary began volunteering at Ballarat Hospice Care after she cared for her husband over 10 years ago.

“It was out of gratitude for the service that I thought I would like to give back to Ballarat Hospice Care and to others” Mary said.

“There are many ways a volunteer can show compassion and kindness to people, carers and families who are preparing for the death of someone they love.”

“Sometimes it may be simply being present and ready to listen. Other times it may be sharing a story from experience that provides comfort. Or it could be having a set time to visit that gives people a break and a change of pace.”

“There is a tremendous reward from volunteering. I have learnt a lot about myself by giving to others.”

For anyone considering volunteering, Mary added:  “Everyone’s life can change from day to day, sometimes all that is needed is a smile, and if you have an open mind and a giving heart the rewards are great.”

While face to face interactions with Ballarat Hospice Care’s volunteers have paused due to COVID19, the service remains in contact with volunteers and encourages anyone with thoughts of volunteering to call Ballarat Hospice Care and speak with our Volunteer Coordinator. P: 5333 1118