The gift of time

The 8th day of Christ­mas

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Initiative -

Some­times the most valu­able gift you can give is your time. For many peo­ple Christ­mas is the loneli­est time of year, but it doesn’t have to be. The sum­mer hia­tus pro­vides the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to spend time with some­one in need of com­pany. This might be some­body you know – a grand­par­ent, a neigh­bour, a friend who has been hav­ing a tough time. Al­ter­na­tively, aged care providers need peo­ple to call bingo nights, run craft ses­sions, read to res­i­dents and run sin­ga­longs. One care cen­tre in Wy­oming, NSW, is seek­ing a nail artist to brighten its res­i­dents’ days. Some of the larger providers have for­malised pro­cesses where you can go on­line to reg­is­ter or you can call your lo­cal nurs­ing home and in­quire di­rectly.

Vol­un­teer web­sites carry list­ings from or­gan­i­sa­tions like Angli­care and MS Aus­tralia seek­ing peo­ple to share a chat and a cup of tea with. Visit go­vol­un­teer.com.au for a list of po­si­tions all over Aus­tralia.

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