Volunteer jobs open across NALAG
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.
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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.