Toowoomba Hospice Volunteers enjoying a Volunteers week celebrations
Toowoomba Hospice Volunteers enjoying a Volunteers week celebrations

The joy of volunteering at the Toowoomba Hospice

VOLUTEERS keep the wheels of any community turning and no-one knows this more than Sharene Gosley.

Sharene is the volunteer co-ordinator for The Toowoomba Hospice and with 109 people on her team, she has many people to organise and look after.

Just doing the rosters for so many people is “challenging” according to Sharene.

“It has its moments but all our volunteers are so good and generous and flexible they make the job easy,” she said.

The volunteers’ average age is between 45 to 70, although one kind gentleman aged 87 gives up his time for the hospice.

Sharene says she never has a problem recruiting volunteers.

“It is all mostly word of mouth,” she said.

The volunteers have minimal patient contact. Their duties could be anything from running errands, manning reception, arranging flowers, shopping, light house-keeping, preparing meals, mowing or gardening.

Even though Sharene Gosley has a team of 109 willing helpers she is always looking for more, especially people who might want to volunteer only once or twice a year for special events.

For further information contact Sharene Gosley at volunteering.

toowoombahospice@bigpond.com.


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