In February, these 335 people took the disruption caused by the pandemic in their stride, impressively adjusting to numerous swiftly-enforced changes as we took all precautions to help keep them safe. Initially, all but 18 volunteers at our Warrnambool Base Hospital and the three-strong telehealth volunteer team at Macarthur Community Health were temporarily required to defer their onsite volunteering activities because of COVID.
Gradually we’ve welcomed them back and we couldn’t be happier. Not only are these amazing human beings such a blessing for our patients, residents, clients and consumers, our staff regard them as SWH family. They’re a wonderful support network and many are regarded as mentors and role models.
The latest to inspire us are Sue Franklin (left) and Helen Marris. With time on their hands while at home over recent months this pair, with the support of our Volunteer Services coordinator Julie Evans, has started making comfort cards. Sue does the crocheting and Helen does the calligraphy. These gorgeous gifts will be offered to patients in our palliative care programs.