Was your New Year’s resolution to give back to your local community?
Volunteering is a meaningful way to support people in your neighbourhood and make a real difference to the lives of others, simply by using your existing experience and skills.
Not-for-profit community services organisation, Carinity, is welcoming prospective volunteers to support seniors living in its Carinity Kepnock Grove aged care community in Bundaberg.
Volunteers in aged care have a positive impact on the lives of elderly.
They provide additional opportunities for social connection and activities by giving support to personal care workers, nurses and diversional therapists.
This includes making social visits to residents, assisting with games, group pursuits and outings, and provide entertainment such as reading and live music.
Interacting with residents is also hugely beneficial for volunteers.
Carinity aged care volunteer Jan Cracknell says helping in her community has resulted in her making new friends and feeling more engaged.
Volunteer chaplains support people in aged care, hospitals and prisons.
Linda Sivyer, a Carinity aged care volunteer chaplain, finds that the simple act of stopping in for a chat goes a long way to brightening someone’s day.
“Some residents who don’t get out to activities really enjoy chatting. I love it. I’m here as a sounding board, to listen and to help,” Linda said.
Anyone interested in volunteering to assist the people Carinity support can visit www.carinity.org.au/volunteer or phone 3550 3737.