CCWA: Hi Elaine, tell us a little bit about yourself...
Elaine: I have been working with CCWA since April 2015 and I hold a Postgraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Western Australia. I am a mum to two kids - Olivia aged thirteen and Jack aged eleven and have two miniature schnauzers - Billy and Harry. My hobbies include scrapbooking, going to the gym and reading (as often as possible!) and I volunteer as the team manager for my son's soccer team at Mandurah City.
CCWA: What do you love most about your role?
Elaine: It is such a privilege to support community members who are impacted by cancer. I really enjoy the diversity of the role which provides the opportunity to support clients and also work with a dedicated team of volunteers.
CCWA: What kind of services can you help people living in the Peel region with?
Elaine: My role involves providing support to community members who are impacted by cancer. This includes connecting cancer patients, and their family and friends with Cancer Council WA services, and community services in the Peel region. Dependant on individual requirements, clients can be linked with Cancer Council WA services such as our transport to treatment program, financial support services, counselling (there are two counsellors in the Peel region), pro-bono services, our local complementary therapy program which includes reiki, reflexology and massage; our practical support program which includes cleaning, gardening and child care; our wig service; our Life Now yoga and exercise program; and support groups.
Clients may also be provided with information on community services in the Peel region such as HACC services, Breast Cancer Care WA, Look Good Feel Better, Silver Chain, ACAT, CANTEEN...the list is endless!
CCWA: How can people get in touch with you?
Elaine: Clients can get in touch by either calling me directly on 6389 7830 (at Dot's Place Peel, 34 Victoria Circle, Greenfields WA 6210) or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 13 11 20.