Rosie Dawne never thought of she’d be a volunteer, but after four years working as one with Blue Haven Care, she’s so pleased she gave it a go.
“It has been a great way for me to get to know more people and feel like I’m making a difference,” she says. “It is such a rewarding thing to do. And I have so much fun mixing with young and old.”
While Rosie has been prepared to help out three or four days a week, for three to four hours, she says everyone’s availability can be worked around. “Some people only have an hour or so a month, but every little bit helps.”
Blue Haven Care has had a volunteer program in place for over 20 years.
“Our community volunteers assist with many activities such as driving or helping on our buses and/or cars to transport individuals to appointments, shopping, group outings and special events, thereby supporting them to engage in the local community,” says Volunteer Coordinator Myriam Marchant.
“Volunteers also support carers by giving them a break and providing companionship for the person they are caring for either one on one or as part of a group.”
Volunteers in the residential facility have a unique role supporting daily activities such as reading, massage, pet therapy, craft, painting and regular BBQs.
“Blue Haven Care is seeking volunteers to join us in supporting those living in the community and residential care to maintain and enjoy their independence,” says Ms Marchant. “By becoming a volunteer your will meet new people, make new friends and have an opportunity to gain experience and training in a variety of roles.”
For further information contact Blue Haven Care on 4232 0475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org