Jill – Auxiliary member
18th May 2018
Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital
At Calvary Mater Newcastle I… volunteer as part of the auxiliary. Each week, sometimes twice a week I work at the lolly table selling sweets, homemade pickles and jams to visitors and the staff. Each month I also come in for the lolly packing days.
I wanted to become a volunteer because… my mother died of cancer here. When I retired I wanted an interest, and to meet new people.
My favourite thing about volunteering is… listening to people, hearing lots of stories, some are so sad. I started out as a Palliative Care volunteer, I loved that too but things have changed and now I’m happy to be doing this.
My inspiration is… Everybody who volunteers, they do their best.
My biggest surprise about volunteering is… how much care people need. They really want you to listen to them.
My advice to someone who is thinking about volunteering at CMN is… Yes, volunteer, remember you hear a lot of peoples’ stories, that you have to keep confidential. You see a lot and you have to learn not to say too much sometimes. Volunteer for all the work you can.
(Jill and other Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary Volunteers raise more than $35,000 a year from their famous lolly table on the ground floor)
If you are interested in volunteering with Calvary find out more here