A message from the Manager

The highlight for me over recent months, has been the opportunity to get out and speak to people about Warrnambool & District Community Hospice and the impact we are making in our local community. In meeting with local community groups, philanthropists and businesses, it is clear that people greatly value the work we are doing to support home-based care for people at the end of their lives.

Recent efforts to raise awareness of our free community service, has seen Hospice in the Home referrals increase, and our number of supporters grow. We are very grateful to have received donations from The Plumbers Blue Fin Fundraiser, Seanchai Irish Bar and the APCO Foundation. As well as grants from local grant-makers, South West Community Beyond Bank Foundation, William and Lindsay Brodie Foundation, Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation and the Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation.

I would also like to acknowledge our wonderful volunteers and the generosity of local businesses, Brumby’s, Meatbarn, Coles and Bunnings for making our inaugural Bunnings Sausage Sizzle a big success. We raised over $1600 for Hospice in the Home.

We might be on the home stretch of 2022, but things definitely aren’t slowing down, as you will read in this update. We will continue to promote Hospice in the Home, and volunteer opportunities to ensure local people have access to our service when they need it most.

Emmalee Bell, Manager – Warrnambool & District Community Hospice

Committee of Management Announcement

Following our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 19 October, we are pleased to announce our Committee of Management for the coming year.

  • President - Brian Dillon

  • Vice President - Mick White

  • Treasurer - Helen Bacon

  • Secretary - Jeanette Miller

  • General Members - Lu Butler, Greg Birtles, Mimie Crook, Wendy Currington, and Shirley Harlock

We congratulate our existing Committee members on their re-election and thank Jeanette Miller for taking on an office bearer position in the role of Secretary. We also warmly welcome our three new Committee members, Mimie, Wendy and Shirley and thank outgoing members, Teresa Treffry, Carole Macpherson and Rhys Boyle for their contribution over a large number of years.

Now Recruiting Hospice in the Home Volunteers

We are currently recruiting new Hospice in the Home volunteers to commence training in February 2023, thanks to the support of the Beyond Bank Community Foundation.

Our volunteers provide practical and emotional support to local people who wish to spend their final days in the comfort of home and those who care for them. If you would like to learn more about what is involved, please get in touch with our Support Coordinator on 55633 220 or come along to one of our Volunteer Information Sessions advertised below.