Inspiring people recognised for National Volunteer Week
18 – 24 May is National Volunteer Week and a time for Bethanie to reflect on and thank our 550 odd volunteers for their altruistic efforts.
Volunteering Australia’s 2020 theme is aptly titled “Changing Communities. Changing Lives.” It is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
Bethanie volunteers have the opportunity to undertake an array of jobs across Aged Care Homes, Living Well Centres and Retirement Villages, as well as supporting Bethanie clients in their own homes. Volunteer work includes things such as gardening, cooking, driving, sports, games and arts and crafts.
Due to COVID-19 many volunteering opportunities came to a halt, however there are still so many who are contributing in a wonderful way such as organised contact with residents over the phone, sending messages through letters and doing up cards and crafts to send to residents.
Bethanie CEO Chris How says Bethanie understands the importance of volunteers and honouring their service to the community, especially during trying times like these.
“With over 4,000 Western Australians in our care, we simply couldn’t operate without our 550-odd volunteers. Each one is an integral part of our team and plays a central role to the provision of the high-quality care which we pride ourselves on at Bethanie.
Whether it’s through social interaction with a resident, running a games group like bingo or even those who can help with one off special events, every little bit makes such a big difference and really helps to brighten the day of our clients.
In April we had 70 new expressions of interest to volunteer, which is quite incredible given these uncertain times. A special thank you goes out to all of our volunteers and we really look forward to welcoming everyone back after COVID-19, as well as taking on some new ones.”
For further information on Bethanie’s Volunteer Programme please contact Bethanie on 131 151.