Vol­un­teer jobs open across NALAG

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

HAV­ING a shoul­der to cry on dur­ing times of loss and grief can be all that’s needed to help some­one get on with their lives, strength­ened by know­ing some­one lis­tened, and that how they feel mat­ters and there is hope.

That’s all in a day’s work for the team at NALAG (Dubbo’s Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Loss and Grief) which re­cently an­nounced the Cen­tre for Vol­un­teer­ing 2019 NSW Vol­un­teer Orana Re­gion Vol­un­teer Team of the Year.

Joan Mill­gate, Val Roberts, Libby Camp­bell and Kerry Frost are ex­pe­ri­enced sup­port vol­un­teers.

For­mer pri­mary school teacher Mrs Camp­bell has vol­un­teered for NALAG for eight years and ini­tially signed up be­cause she thought ‘it would look good on the CV’.

“It’s given me so much more than that! At the time you may not re­alise it but the im­pact you have on peo­ple’s lives can come back, some­times years later,” she said.

“You see a lot of ‘a-ha!’ mo­ments or magic mo­ments when peo­ple re­alise they’re not go­ing through what they’re go­ing through alone,” Mrs Camp­bell said.

Kerry Frost has vol­un­teered for al­most 20 years and filled many roles in­clud­ing sup­port worker, a board mem­ber and sui­cide aware­ness in­struc­tor.

“I grew up in a fam­ily that saw friends and fam­ily go­ing through loss and grief but were not able to get help. At NALAG we cre­ate a safe en­vi­ron­ment so that peo­ple feel sup­ported and know they’re not alone – we give them hope,” she said.

NALAG pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive train­ing and on­go­ing sup­port for vol­un­teers.

“Train­ing has been vi­tal and it’s good train­ing. You get ex­cel­lent sup­port. It’s a great or­gan­i­sa­tion to work for. I see it as a priv­i­lege to sit with peo­ple who are griev­ing,” Mrs Frost said.

NALAG vol­un­teer Val Roberts says the train­ing al­lows her to sit with some­one in pain, and knows that as a sup­port per­son NALAG of­fers full train­ing and sup­port in re­turn.

“You get a lot of out see­ing im­prove­ment in peo­ple, to see them go from the depths of de­spair to hope, but if some­thing comes up while talk­ing to a per­son and you’re not sure, there’s al­ways some­one else at NALAG who can give you ad­vice.”

A clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist has re­cently been ap­pointed to over­see train­ing.

“We have about 15 vol­un­teers in Dubbo but need a lot more, so the bur­den isn’t just on those few. We do have 200 vol­un­teers around the state and need lots of dif­fer­ent types of vol­un­teers who can do ad­min­is­tra­tion or help run events too,” NALAG grief coun­sel­lor and ed­u­ca­tor CEO Trudy Hansen said.

“We’ve got a fair-sized gar­den that needs look­ing at and there’s al­ways brochures to be folded,” she said.

NALAG be­gan 42 years ago in re­sponse to the Granville Train dis­as­ter.

NALAG is look­ing for more vol­un­teers. In­for­ma­tion can be found on their web­site at nalag. org.au or by phon­ing 68829222.

Preg­nancy and In­fant Loss Re­mem­brance Cer­e­mony

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 24, 6.30pm NALAG Dubbo, 7 Welch­man Street RSVP 6882 9222 [email protected]

z Satur­day, Novem­ber 9, at 7 Welch­man Street

z 8.30am to 10am: Com­peti­tors pickup up com­pe­ti­tion tool­kit

z Western Plains Cul­tural Cen­tre

z 6pm: Pub­lic Ex­hi­bi­tion and Judg­ing, open to pub­lic

z www.nalag.org.au/pho­to­hunt

POOLS at the new Welling­ton Aquatic and Leisure Cen­tre will be full in prepa­ra­tion for the fa­cil­ity’s free open day next month.

“Open­ing this aquatic cen­tre has been planned and wa­ter has been al­lo­cated to en­sure it’s full, open and ready to use on Satur­day, Novem­ber 16,” Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Ben Shields said.

He has high­lighted so­cial and com­mu­nity well­be­ing ben­e­fits through a recre­ational space which will cre­ate so­cial in­clu­sion, a refuge dur­ing times of heat and sports or learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The re­de­vel­oped fa­cil­ity in­cludes a new eight-lane Olympic pool, heated learn-to-swim pool, splash pad area, new ameni­ties, kiosk and club room.

“I know the com­mu­nity has been pa­tiently wait­ing, hav­ing skipped last year’s swim sea­son, but this brand-new cen­tre is def­i­nitely worth the wait,” Cr Shields said.

The $8.25 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment was state govern­ment funded due to the forced Welling­ton and Dubbo Coun­cils amal­ga­ma­tion in 2016.

Res­i­dents will be able to ac­cess the up­graded Welling­ton Aquatic Leisure free of charge from 10am on Satur­day, Novem­ber 16.

These NALAG vol­un­teers have been named the NSW Vol­un­teer Team of the Year (Orana). Pic­tured, left to right, are Joan Mill­gate, Val Roberts, Libby Camp­bell and Kerry Frost. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS.

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