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Catholic Outreach was established in 1990 in the Perth Archdiocese to promote, develop and implement parish based pastoral care programs. There are currently over 25 voluntary care programs working successfully in direct response to relief of sickness, distress and suffering encountered within the parish and wider community.
Bereavement Support Groups available in some parishes support bereaved people by providing a regular opportunity to share their stories in a safe and comforting environment. Catholic Outreach also offers Grief Recovery Support courses for people who have suffered loss. (Click heading for further information).
In most Care Programs Coordinators can organise a volunteer to provide an emergency meal, such as a casserole, for a family in need.
Parents often appreciate support, especially during stressful times (e.g. sickness), when a Care Program may be able to offer (subject to available volunteers with Working with Children Cards) emergency babysitting, read to a child or care for a child with a disability.
The occasional handyman, gardening or lawn mowing job can often be organised for a frail aged person or someone facing a crisis.
Emergency home help (such as cleaning, general housework, ironing and washing) will often assist someone in short term need.
Requests for transport is one of the most frequent calls received and it is very important to give as much notice as possible to allow the Coordinator time to locate a volunteer who is available to carry out the task at the required time (especially for appointments during office hours).
Visiting is more and more important in society today where social isolation and loneliness is very prevalent.
Care Programs may also undertake other tasks and Coordinators should be contacted to determine whether they have volunteers who may be able to assist with special tasks.
If you are interested in any of these services and wish to volunteer, please contact us to find out more.
The Record Magazine Issue 28 December 2020 (page 27)