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Volunteers

A health care organization such as Kerang District Health cannot function without the dedication, support and commitment it receives from its many volunteers.  Volunteers play a valuable role in the day to day operations of our health service in areas such as the Day Activity Centre, the Men’s Shed and Glenarm.

VOLUNTEERING AT GLENARM

If you are interested in volunteering at Glenarm the following information may help you to understand what is involved in being a volunteer.

What Kind Of Skills Will I Need?

A volunteer will need:

  • To be friendly and caring with an ability to interact with older people.
  • To be sensitive to the social and emotional needs of older people.
  • To be a good listener.
  • To be willing to accept residents as individuals, to respect their rights and to accept their values and belief systems.
  • Patience.
  • A sense of humour
  • To be able to work with staff and volunteers.

What Sort Of Things Might I Be Asked To Do?

There are many tasks that a volunteer at Glenarm may undertake. The following represent a selection of things a volunteer may do:

  • Music – turn on - off accordingly.
  • Reading to residents.
  • Individual visiting time with residents 1 to 1
  • Exercises in groups or individual.
  • Craft
  • Library
  • Gardening: watering – repotting-weeding with residents.
  • Games – cards-bowls-dominoes-pyramid game
  • Assist with outings
  • Wheelchair walks outside ( weather permitting)
  • Hand Massage
  • Discussion Groups
  • Assisting residents with Bingo
  • Cooking
  • Friday – Local paper reading.

PURPOSE OF VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT

Definition of Volunteering

Volunteers are people who provide a service

  • That benefits the community
  • Of their own free will
  • Without financial payment

Principles Supporting Volunteering

Volunteers are utilised in accordance with the following principles:

  • Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer
  • Volunteering is always a matter of choice
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs
  • Volunteering is and activity performed in the not for profit sector only
  • Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work
  • Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers
  • Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others
  • Volunteering promotes human rights and equality

CONTACT INFORMATION

Glenarm
Nurse Unit Manager: Melissa Hunter
17 Burgoyne Street, KERANG VIC 3579
Ph: 5450 9278 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Email:
glenarm@kerhosp.vic.gov.au

WD Thomas Day Centre
Activities Coordinators: Judy McClelland / Kerry Callaway
Burgoyne Street, KERANG VIC 3579
Ph: 5450 9283 Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm
Email:
daycentre@kerhosp.vic.gov.au

 

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