It is estimated that one in four people in Australia does some kind of volunteer work. Volunteers choose of their own free will to work without payment for the benefit of their community. They give a gift of their time to others.
Volunteers play a pivotal role in enhancing a resident’s quality of life and are a vital link to their communities. As needs change and residents find themselves less able to participate in activities, many welcome the initiatives and assistance of volunteers. According to the Eden Philosophy, residents are confronted by the three plagues of ageing: loneliness, helplessness and boredom; and may also face social isolation and depression. The work volunteers do helps to bring back to our Elders a sense of community and value. It brings companionship and friendship and these are the things that maintain a sense of “living and belonging”; to be able to give to someone else and to be needed. Where appropriate we match the needs of both residents and volunteers and we endeavour to ensure that our volunteers’ interactions and contributions are ones which bring mutual enjoyment and satisfaction for all concerned.
Volunteering provides an opportunity to meet new people and form new relationships, become part of a team, but most importantly make a difference in the lives of our elderly residents. For as little as an hour a week, your gift of time can make a difference to someone’s life, as well as your own.
Prom Country Aged Care Inc (PCAC) volunteers provide the following services
Help from volunteers can come in a number of different forms depending on the amount of time you can spare and the skills you possess.
Currently volunteers at PCAC contribute to many activities and programs, including but not limited to:
- One-to-one visits and outings
- Helping staff with resident outings
- Driving the bus
- Assisting the staff with exercise groups, craft, general activities
- Assisting low-vision groups
- Reading and writing letters
- Garden club
- Bird watching
- Men’s group
- Happy hour
- Respite to carers
- Committee of Management (COM)
The process of enrolling to become a volunteer at Prom Country Aged Care Inc. is designed to ensure that each volunteer is treated individually and provided with choices. You will also be provided with ongoing support through our Volunteer Program. Volunteers are invited to join all in house training and where required, other training is provided.
To ensure the safety of all those in our care, all volunteers are required to undergo a police check before commencing (at no cost to the volunteer) and to sign a statutory declaration.
If you think you would like to be part of our wonderful volunteer team, we would be delighted to hear from you!
As a volunteer at PCAC you can make an extraordinary contribution to our Australian elders. Whether you are already volunteering or just starting out and you would like to join PCAC please do not hesitate to contact us at 03 5683 9600 for Banksia Lodge and 03 5686 2585 for Prom View Lodge.
You too can make a difference!
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further discussion or information about volunteering. And don’t forget, as I have said before, moving into aged care residential services is not a death sentence; it is just a change of address.