The life story service is provided to clients already receiving support from Palliative Care ACT. It is one of our unfunded programs, and is offered to clients from donations and occasionally sponsorship. The program matches trained volunteers with you (a client with a life-limiting illness) to document your life or particular times of your life as you choose.
HOW DOES THE SERVICE OPERATE?
You must already be receiving services from us. When you tell us you would like your life story recorded, the life story coordinator phones you to explain the process and to gain an understanding of what you want to document as your story.
Next, a volunteer is assigned and visits you for an hour or so every week (or as otherwise agreed) for up to ten weeks and records your story.
In between volunteer visits, they transcribe the story (convert it to text) for you to review.
When the story is all told, we provide you with a printed (and digital) copy of your story, nicely printed and ready to show to your family and friends.
WHO CAN ASK FOR A LIFE STORY?
If you are a client already accessing Palliative Care ACT services, young or old, you can ask for your life story to be documented.
WHERE IS THE SERVICE DELIVERED?
We come to you or meet you where you are comfortable talking with us.
WHO DELIVERS THE SERVICE?
Life stories are prepared by our trained volunteers with specific life story writing skills. They work with you to document your story the way you want it documented. There is no charge for this service.
Request for Volunteer Support