Ballarat Hospice Care acknowledges the enormous contributions of our volunteers. It is always sad to see volunteers retire from their roles, we respect their decision and are grateful for their volunteer time.
On May 18, 2022 CEO Carita Clancy met with three long serving volunteers who recently retired; meet Carole, Keith and Jan. Each of them came to Ballarat Hospice Care because of their experience of palliative care; they all saw the opportunity to “give back” in different and meaningful ways.
Carole decided after 14 years as a Supportive Care Volunteer it was time to retire. Asked why she volunteered at Ballarat Hospice Care she said “We were treated so well and lovingly. That’s why I volunteered”.
Carole worked closely with patients, their carers and family; being there to care and support everyone who surrounded the patient. She often spent time with patients so their carers could take time for themselves. Caring for the Carer is a passionate call to action for Carole, “Carers need support just as much as the patient”.
Carole was deeply aware of the kind of support people may need and the complex feelings people they may experience noting “There are two deaths to acknowledge, the death of the person and the death of a relationship”.
Keith came to Ballarat Hospice Care volunteering in 2014 after the death of his wife. He said he felt the need to “repay a debt of ongoing love and support”. He assisted the establishment of the Friends of Hospice Op Shop; firstly at 312 Drummond Street, then at Little Bridge Street before the current location at 723 Sturt Street Ballarat.
Keith was a great advocated for the “Give That They May Grow” campaign which raised funds and awareness for the new home of Ballarat Hospice Care Palliative Care at 1836 Sturt Street in Alfredton.
It was after the death of Jan’s husband and a move to Ballarat that she felt she could give back to the service that cared for her husband. Jan became a volunteer in 2014 and said the camaraderie, support and lifetime friendships while volunteering at Ballarat Hospice Care meant that she was supported and cared for too. Jan was a key volunteer for the Friends of Hospice Op Shop and filled many roles when needed.
We will miss our retired volunteers and thank them for all they have done to make Ballarat Hospice Care a great place to work and volunteer.
Pictured above from left to right:
Lauren (Volunteer Manager), Jan, Keith and Carole (Volunteers), Carita (CEO) and Karen (Quality Manager)