WITH about 1500 hours, 500 round trips and 20,000 kilometres covered for the community each year, the Western District Health Service volunteer team is an easy choice for one of the organisation’s most prestigious awards,
Volunteer co-ordinator, Jeanette Ryan and the 300-plus volunteers she works with, support a range of WDHS programs, which include the community transport program, palliative care, aged residential care and fundraising and last week the team was awarded the WDHS Non-Clinical Excellence Award for 2012.
WDHS chief executive, Jim Fletcher said the volunteers were critical to the provision of high standard health care services, and positive feedback was regularly received about the improved sense of wellbeing and reduced sense of isolation, depression and frustration of clients who receive their support.
“New friendships are formed and families are supported in caring for loved ones,” Mr Fletcher said.
“The community transport program is critically important to members of the community who are unable to travel to receive specialist treatment.”
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