In tune with res­i­dents’ needs

Cockburn Gazette - - SENIORS LIFE -

AS a vol­un­teer with Bethanie, one of WA’s most recog­nised not-for-profit aged care and re­tire­ment living providers, you become part of the Bethanie team.

The Bethanie vol­un­teer­ing pro­gram is flex­i­ble and Bethanie values and wel­comes volunteers to share their time, in­ter­est and skills with its val­ued cus­tomers.

The pro­gram will work with your availabili­ty, whether it is as­sist­ing with ac­tiv­i­ties on a reg­u­lar or oc­ca­sional ba­sis.

“With more than 4000 West Aus­tralians in our care, we simply couldn’t op­er­ate with­out our 550odd volunteers who we treat as part of our team,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris How said.

“Your good­will will have a mean­ing­ful and pos­i­tive impact on our cus­tomers by re­duc­ing iso­la­tion and in­creas­ing so­cial­i­sa­tion, of­fer­ing ser­vices that would otherwise be un­avail­able and pro­mot­ing a healthy com­mu­nity.

“Whether it’s through so­cial in­ter­ac­tion with a res­i­dent, trans­port­ing cus­tomers, run­ning a group like Scrab­ble or craft, par­tic­i­pat­ing in games, play­ing mu­sic or help­ing with the dishes, ev­ery lit­tle bit makes such a big dif­fer­ence to help brighten the day of our cus­tomers.”

Bethanie will be hon­our­ing their amaz­ing volunteers dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, an annual event to focus na­tional at­ten­tion on the impact and power of vol­un­teerism, ser­vice and lead­er­ship, from May 20 to 26.

For more informatio­n about vol­un­teer­ing with Bethanie, call the friendly team any­time on 131 151.

Jo Wood is a vol­un­teer clas­si­cal gui­tarist at Bethanie Peel Aged Care Home and en­joys spending one-on-one time with res­i­dent Roy Rim­mer, who also has an or­ches­tral back­ground

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