Staff and volunteers from the Neighbourhood Central Parkes office, recently joined forces with members from Companions Thru Cancer to stage a Biggest Morning Tea event. Organisers were thrilled to raise over $600 of vital funds for the Cancer Council.
These funds will enable the Cancer Council to support people impacted by cancer when they need it most, speak out on behalf of the community on cancer issues, empower people to reduce their cancer risk, and find new ways to better detect and treat cancer.
Companions Thru Cancer has been providing informal support networks, built around a variety of social outings, since its formation in 2001. While Neighbourhood Central, in conjunction with Parkes Community Health, have been providing a Volunteer Palliative Care Service since 2013.
Along with Can Assist and local health services, both Companions Thru Cancer and Neighbourhood Central provide valuable support and assistance to people living in Parkes and the surrounding area.
Neighbourhood Central also recently held a Parkes Palliative Care Seminar. The day provided an opportunity to reflect on the important work volunteers and health professionals do, and on how they can maintain perspective in their work.
Beaté Steller, an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and training consultant specialising in End of Life related care and aged care, together with Carly Fisher, a Registered Psychologist and business consultant, facilitated interactive presentations that engaged volunteers and health professionals in practical activities that promote reflection and growth in their role.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. Thanks to sponsors Northparkes Community Investment Program, Goldfields Masonic Lodge, Palliative Care NSW, Comfort Inn Bushmans and Parkes Shire Council for their generous support and assistance. And a huge thank you to Tony Fisher and the Parkes Palliative Care volunteers for organising the event.