One of the things Vicki Jellie found challenging during her husband Peter’s cancer treatment, was the lack of support the family received.
One of her goals in establishing an integrated cancer care centre in Warrnambool was to have a non-clinical area where patients and their families could relax and access support.
The result is the Peter’s Project Community Support Centre which has a children’s area, computer access, kitchen facilities, a television, comfortable seating and access to various information and referrals.
Best of all, “there will be a kind and welcoming face to greet anyone who goes there,” she said.
“When we went to Melbourne with Peter’s care, there was nothing down there and we came home to nothing,” Ms Jellie said.
“We fell through the cracks. We had an appointment but there was no-one there to tell us anything. There was no family support or anything like that.”
Ms Jellie said she was proud the area was named the Peter’s Project Community Support Centre.
“We hope that everyone who uses it will feel supported and welcomed during one of the most difficult times in their life.”
Peter’s Project Foundation board members Glenys Phillpot and Vern Robson said it was a warm and modern space.
“It’s amazing. It’s a wonderfully peaceful space but also I think it’s very welcoming,” Mrs Phillpot said.
Mr Robson said it was a place where family members could relax, especially if they had travelled for treatment.