Warrnambool City Council staff donate digital pen recorders to palliative care volunteers

Chocolate lovers at the Warrnambool City Council have been sweet enough to give palliative care patients a chance to continue sharing their stories.

For the record: SWH Director of Palliative Care Emma Greenwood, Warrnambool City Council Rural Access Officer Maree Wyse, and SWH Palliative Care Counsellor Bernadette Wood.  WCC have donated $750 to purchase 3 voice recording pens for the Palliative Care team to record their patient's stories. Picture: Rob Gunstone

For the record: SWH Director of Palliative Care Emma Greenwood, Warrnambool City Council Rural Access Officer Maree Wyse, and SWH Palliative Care Counsellor Bernadette Wood.  WCC have donated $750 to purchase 3 voice recording pens for the Palliative Care team to record their patient's stories. Picture: Rob Gunstone

After selling confectionery in an ongoing fundraiser the Council’s social club committee donated $750 to palliative care volunteers to be used in the purchase of three digital pen recorders.

The pens enable patients with life-limiting illnesses to work one-on-one with palliative care volunteers to produce memoirs for their loved ones.

The interviews are compiled in the South-West Healthcare’s My Life, My Memories initiative.

South West Healthcare’s director of palliative care Dr Emma Greenwood said the service was a valuable part of their program.

“Not everyone wants to share their stories but it is something we can offer,” she said. “As memories fade the recorded stories are a way to share these stories.”