Capturing volunteering magic at Meath Care

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Volunteers who’ve joined Advocare’s Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS), are in general, a humble and pretty selfless bunch. Often the difference they make shows itself in the older person’s glowing smile as their volunteer enters the room, and in other ways, as we find out.

Recently, Fifi, the thoughtful Lifestyle and Wellness Coordinator at the Meath Care facility in Kingsley decided to seek feedback from a few of its facility’s residents on the positive impact of their volunteer visitors.
One of the ladies in the Arts and Craft Group said of volunteer, Helen:

“This is to thank our wonderful volunteer Helen, who comes to us every week to show us and help us to make something beautiful – sometimes for us to keep or to donate to charity. We are a small group who under Helen’s guidance have managed to do this. The work and preparation Helen puts in is incredible. This lady is wonderful…”

Meath Care craft group at work
Meath Care craft group at work

Fifi also spoke about a resident who’s now receiving regular visits from ACCVS volunteer, Julie, and how this meeting has created such a transformation in this older lady’s quality of life. “It’s amazing, she has become more happy and bright, singing every day since she’s had Julie.” She says, so many of the other volunteers also have this effect and regularly can bring a warm smile to a resident’s face.

This is Fifi’s message to all her facility’s volunteers.

“I know it isn’t always easy to follow a calling. Some days are hard and chaotic. But you never let the residents see your frustration. Instead, they just see you trying your best every time you visit.

Thank you for all you do. But most of all, thank you for all that you do on the days when you’re exhausted, when you’ve had a hard day, when things aren’t going great. That’s when it becomes clear that serving our residents is truly your calling.
I’m fortunate to work alongside each and every one of you.”

Join an amazing group of individuals who really are enjoying the benefits of volunteering themselves, nearly as much as the older people they visit!

Contact Advocare’s Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme team on 08 9479 7566, email or scan the QR code below to go directly to our Volunteering webpage.

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