Hospice Volunteers Recognised During Volunteeers Week

The Toowoomba Hospice held a pot luck lunch during National Volunteers Week recently which recognised the efforts of its 115 volunteers with the opportunity to say ‘One Big Thank You’.

Reception Volunteer Jane Cheke enjoys her ‘Pot Luck Lunch’ with Hospice staff member Jodie Turner
Volunteers’ Co-ordinator Sue Beale with Margaret Schulz who volunteers with floral arrangements
Volunteers Judy Jackson (administration) chats with Margaret Robins (Kitchen) and Bev Mead (reception)

Toowoomba Hospice Chairman Mr Graham Barron says volunteers come from all different ages, backgrounds and professions, but are united in their efforts to help the Hospice. “Volunteers all actively participate, giving their skills, time and energy to support our staff in the smooth running of the Hospice.”

Pastoral Care Volunteer Sr Una McGarry is pictured with Hospice Founder Sr Frances Flint at the pot luck lunch
Kitchen/Fundraising Volunteer Margaret Green is all smiles with fellow Volunteer Jackie Doyle (reception)
Volunteers John Vallely (Gardening) with Courier/Maintenance Ray Dallman and Nora King (Housekeeping and Fundraising)

Mr Barron said “We appreciate our Volunteers very much and are extremely grateful for their commitment to the Hospice and this is why we like to have get togethers to show our appreciation.”

Hospice Chairman Graham Barron (also a Volunteer) catches up with Ian Schulz (Volunteer Courier)
Keith Shepherd and Phonse Carmody (Maintenance) checking the Hospice Vaccum Cleaner

The Toowoomba Hospice is staffed around the clock by Registered Nurses and Personal Care Attendants, trained in palliative care. An enthusiastic and trained team of Volunteers support all staff in the smooth running of the Hospice and are employed in the following areas: Administration, Fundraising, Housekeeping, Courier, Kitchen (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), Maintenance, Gardening and Floral Arrangements”.

Volunteers’ Co-ordinator Mrs Sue Beal said that Volunteering is a gift from the heart. And the Hospice appreciates all the volunteers that come through its doors each day as they are a very special part of our team.

Mrs Beal said there were a few vacancies available in the maintenance, gardening and kitchen areas due to some volunteers getting paid work and some heading off on extended holidays, as well as Fundraising (special events).

Those who are interested in being a Toowoomba Hospice Volunteer can call Mrs Beale from 9.00am to 2.00pm weekdays 07 4659 8500 or email the Hospice on [email protected]

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