World Hospice Day on October 11 reflects growing need and interest in supporting the cause.
“It’s no longer all about fundraising,” says Lindsay Ostervig, president of Acompalia. “With an active Helpline, our bilingual Acompanion buddying service, plus more in the pipeline, we’re looking to recruit new volunteers who can really make a difference.”
Acompalia’s new focus on ‘people power’ is borne out by some surprising figures from the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day team, raising awareness for this year’s Day on October 11th. Their latest figures reveal that:
* There are over 400,000 palliative care staff internationally
* Over 1.2 million volunteers are directly or indirectly working to bring palliative care services to terminally ill patients and their families.
* More than 9 million people worldwide act as family carers.
* Worldwide, that totals more than 10.5 million people involved with delivering palliative care.
Add to these figures that hospice and palliative care providers are meeting only 10% of demand. Meanwhile Spain’s population is ageing rapidly, in common with other EU nations, and the family care network of previous generations is eroding under social and economic pressures. You can see how organisations like Acompalia will be more and more important to provide care at the end of life.
“Acompalia is just entering an exciting new phase of expansion and construction towards our ultimate vision of a 15-bed hospice,” says Lindsay, ”but just as important to us today is to meet the immediate needs of terminally ill patients and their families in Granada and the Costa Tropical, whether they are English-speaking or Spanish residents.”
To that end, Acompalia is calling on volunteers to join their friendly and committed team and help deliver some vital services.
Helpline volunteers: trained volunteers can work from home, providing practical support and attentive listening to patients and families. Acompalia’s next training session is on 29 October at 11.00 am to 2.00 pm at the Hotel Salobreña. Please contact Lou Hunwick at email@example.com.
Buddying volunteers/Acompanions: A bilingual Spanish/English speaker can provide a very valuable service, accompanying the patient during doctor or hospital visits. Acompanions should be able to travel and have direct contact with the patient. Specialised training is provided to make the most of this relationship. Training as above .
Fundraising volunteers: at the heart of everything, our ‘creative fundraisers’ are vital: selling tickets, running the bar, running a stall, providing live music or fun for kids – even dreaming up their own event and making it happen! Acompalia’s fundraising subcommittee has a warm welcome waiting if you can share your time and talent.
Please contact Lesley@acompalia.org or Lindsay@acompalia.org to find out more.
“Many of our committee members and supporters have firsthand experience of how much this help – or the lack of it – has meant to them in their darkest hours,” she says. “The relief of sharing some of the burden and making your loved one more comfortable, that’s a light in the darkness. And our volunteers tell us how rewarding it is to help create that light.”
For more information about fundraising events, our team and stories from our supporters, please visit our website at: www.acompalia.org
Vice-president of Acompalia and celebrated author Chris Stewart, of Driving Over Lemons fame, is to host three separate lunches at the El Limonero Restaurant, Hotel Taray, Orgiva. He’ll give a short presentation and sign his latest book, “The Last Days of the Bus Club.”
Numbers will be kept to 40 for each lunch, so that everyone gets a chance to chat to Chris, and to enjoy the beautiful gardens around the hotel. For further details, please contact Lindsay Ostervig at Lindsay@acompalia.org or on her mobile at: 664 776 251
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