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Practical support is offered on a voluntary basis for short term emergency care by parishes operating care programs. The support, offered to anyone in need in the local community, is unique to each individual parish and is determined by the volunteers available.

Support is offered free of charge by coordinators and volunteers who are unpaid. The parish also does not receive funding for this voluntary work.

As all practical support is undertaken by volunteers sufficient notice should be given to allow time for the coordinators of the program to locate a volunteer who is available to carry out the task at the required time.

If sufficient notice is not given a volunteer may not be available to undertake the task. (This is especially important for transport to doctors and specialists appointments). When a volunteer is not available the coordinator may be able to direct you to another agency or organisation which may be able to help you.