Palliative Care Week 2021 Photography Competition
Now Open for Entries
Enter your photo reflecting this years’ theme "Palliative Care. It's more than you think..." for the chance to win prizes and be locally exhibited.
See the winners of our 2020 Palliative Care Short Story Writing Competition and read their wonderful stories.
What is the Palliative Support Service and who is it for?
Blue Mountains Palliative Support Service is a free volunteer service that provides care and support for people who are terminally ill and for their carers. Volunteers provide support at home, in local hospitals, or in aged care facilities.
This service is provided free of charge to Blue Mountains and Lithgow residents with a life limiting illness. Referrals can be made to us by community nurses, general practitioners and community services.
Who are the Palliative Support Volunteers?
Our volunteers are special people carefully selected and trained. Volunteers undergo extensive training through NSW Health in this specialist field. Their personal qualities include knowledge and understanding of palliative care issues, sensitivity, empathy and the willingness to be there for people with life-limiting illnesses and their family. They are of all ages and come from a variety of backgrounds.
Our Volunteers give their time freely, for up to 4 hours per week, to provide a caring and non-judgmental presence, while at the same time being bound by professional ethics and confidentiality. They can offer both practical and emotional support.
How can a Palliative Support Volunteer help?
A volunteer can help in many ways including:
- offering companionship
- providing respite and support for carers
- reading or writing letters and assisting with recreation and hobbies
- providing help with minor practical tasks in the home
- running errands such as paying bills or exchanging library books
- providing occasional transport and company on short outings
- providing information and resources
- providing bereavement support
Find out more, or consider becoming a Volunteer...
To find out more about how our Palliative Support Service can help you or someone you know, please contact the service coordinator with the details below.
Volunteering plays an invaluable role in our community and can be a highly rewarding. If you would like to consider volunteering with our Palliative Support Service, please contact us to find out about the recruitment and training process. You can view and download our volunteer application form as a PDF here >
CONTACT PALLIATIVE SUPPORT
Call us or send an Email
Please contact us if you would like to discuss support for yourself or someone else, or if you would like to consider becoming a volunteer.
Katrina Simmons, Service Coordinator
Phone: (02) 4709 6053 or 0478 438 738
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
Submit an Enquiry Online