Autumne Camidge and Maureen White.
Autumne Camidge and Maureen White. John Gass

Palliative care volunteers wanted

A PALLIATIVE care group is looking for volunteers to help make the lives of others a little easier.

Tweed Palliative Support wants volunteers to help more than 100 families in the Tweed with palliative care.

The support group's training coordinator Autumn Camidge said people needed training to become a palliative care volunteer.

"We do annual training once a year," Ms Camidge said.

"Every time we run it we will get enough people but not everyone who does the training continues with it.

"We are refilling our pool so to speak. We are looking for 30 to 40 volunteers who are available at any time."

Ms Camidge said palliative care volunteers had to be flexible.

"It's very client-focused so all out volunteers are flexible," he said.

"We do need quite a few people."

She said potential volunteers needed to be interviewed before they were expected into the program.

Maureen White has volunteers for Tweed Palliative Support for more than three years.

"I retired from work and needed something to do," Ms White said.

"I get more back from volunteering than what I give. I truly believe that."

Ms White said her husband was going to do the training this year because he was retiring in June.

Ms Camidge said she hoped more men would take the training this year.

Tweed Palliative Support begins training on May 2 and students need to attend a training session once a week for 10 weeks.



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