Volunteers spring to life
THE Springboard program has sprung into action this week with Lend Lease executives joining forces with local volunteers to help the community.
The multinational property development company’s Springboard project is aimed at giving back to not-for-profit organisations and providing its employees with cultural experiences and has teamed up with Mossman Community Centre for the third year.
All volunteers were split across the six different projects - three at the Mossman Community Centre, two at the Mossman State High School and for the first time Springboard came to the Mossman hospital.
Katie Ames has volunteered her time and is dedicated to helping extend the living area at the hospital.
“I’ve had a lot to do with the hospital when my daughter was here in palliative care and she passed away 18 months ago,” she said. “I learnt about the palliative care and thought it would be nice to do something for aged care section.
“I have been here two days and it’s been an amazing experience.”
Springboard program organiser Michelle Mccarthy was getting her hands dirty with the volunteers at the hospital.
“We’re extending the living area because they are short on space and putting a much-needed ramp in for resident so they can access the garden,” she said.
“If they want to go to the garden at the moment they need the assistance of nursing staff and the area will be a place for family to take them for some privacy because they live in a communal ward.
Over at the high school the volunteers are developing working on horticultural projects and social area landscaping and at the Mossman Community Centre they are improving infrastructure at the Men’s Shed, developing the garden and flexirespite centre.