The volunteer program has approximately 55 active volunteers. Roles undertaken by volunteers are wide and varied with some volunteers offering 1-2 hours each month and others offering several hours or days weekly. Each and every volunteer is valued greatly as the time they give enhances the lives and social outcomes of the residents.
The diversity of the volunteer roles ranges from the RNH auxiliary who play a vital role in raising funds and awareness for RNH, the volunteer drivers who transport residents to appointments, volunteer artists who attend several times a year to play an instrument and sing, and students who visit the residents within the literacy program.
Many of our volunteers engage with the residents by dining with them, accompanying the resident on outings, enjoying a cuppa with them, playing scrabble, cards, bingo, or any number of other fun activities.
Our Volunteers are people of all ages who come from all walks of life. They are the people who give the most valuable gift – the gift of their time, experience, skills, and enthusiasm to help others and their communities. Their contribution as a volunteer benefits the residents, the organisation, and our community.
The work of volunteers across our health service can vary considerably. The volunteer is “matched” to an area of skill or interest and then they share this with the residents. Our volunteers are a direct link to the community and are a considerable support to clients in the delivery of services. Our program is enhanced and richer with the support of volunteers. Rural Northwest Health appreciates volunteer involvement in our programs, and as such aim to provide a supportive work environment to all our volunteers.