National Volunteer Week occurs from May 18 to May 24, and at Southern Cross Care, it is an opportunity to recognize the amazing and generous contributions of our growing team of volunteers. We are fortunate to have 220 dedicated volunteers who invest their time to enrich the lives of our residents, through conversation, activities and friendship.
Over the past 3 months, the world has changed, and our volunteers have been unable to visit. It has been important as an organisation to adapt and provide our residents and volunteers with a way to stay in touch. We were pleased when our volunteers responded with enthusiasm to ‘Couch Volunteering’.
As part of ‘Couch Volunteering’, SCC volunteers have been writing cards and letters, sending emails, participating in Skype and Zoom conversations, all of which have been valuable in facilitating a continued connection for our residents and the volunteers.
Stephanie, a valued volunteer with SCC said, “it’s been fabulous to keep in touch with the residents and still protect them by not visiting during this time. I am delighted to contribute, even in this small way, to the welfare and happiness of these special people”.
Ian Simms, Head of Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services thanks the volunteers for their wonderful contribution, “our volunteers mean a great deal to us, without their assistance we wouldn’t be able to provide our residents with the same great quality of care they receive.”
During this National Volunteer Week, when we would otherwise have held celebrations in their honour, we nevertheless salute them all for their outstanding service. We are so glad to have them with us.’
If you would like to find out more about volunteering, please contact Ian Simms at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone on (08) 9269 6855.