Local not-for-profit aged care provider Peninsula Villages is seeking committed and caring local community members to volunteer at its high care facility, Jack Aldous House in Umina.
The organisation is putting a call out for willing and suitable volunteers to assist at meal times at the residential aged care facility for approximately one to two hours at a time, for one to two days a week.
“We highly value our hardworking team of volunteers who help enhance the quality of life for our residents and provide a vital service to our community,” said Shane Neaves, Chief Executive Officer at Peninsula Villages.
“Peninsula Villages is delighted to have a loyal and dedicated team of almost 100 volunteers who assist with everything from day to day activities for our residents, to assisting with the Village bus, our meal delivery service, care support, resident leisure and engagement, events and administration.
“We are now seeking additional volunteers to assist our residents in our high care facility, Jack Aldous House specifically at lunch times to assist with meal support,” added Shane.
Suitable volunteers for this role would undertake essential volunteer training by Peninsula Villages to understand the importance of supporting residents within the care community.
“All volunteers for this role would be provided training before they commenced which would include education to assist volunteers with understanding the correct, safe and appropriate way to assist our residents at meal times and training on the importance of upholding our organisation values,” said Shane.
Expressions of interest from locals looking to assist are now being taken by Peninsula Villages. All applications deemed suitable will have the various legislative checks undertaken before commencement.
“Whether it's helping at meals times or in any other part of our community village, our volunteers really are the heart and soul of Village life. It’s safe to say that Peninsula Villages would not be the thriving community organisation it is today without the ongoing support of our volunteers,” said Shane.
“Some of our volunteers have been undertaking volunteer work for Peninsula Villages for over a decade now and much loved by staff and residents alike.
“We will never be able to truly communicate just how grateful we are to our volunteers for their service and hope some more dedicated locals might be in a position to join us to support our valued residents,” concluded Shane.