National Volunteer Week 2018
Between 21–27 May, Australians will be celebrating and acknowledging the generous contributions of our volunteers nationwide.
This years’ theme of ‘Give a little. Change a lot’ represents the many volunteers who make an impact on our communities through volunteering and giving their time little by little.
In celebration of this week, and in recognition of all PresCare volunteers, we would like to introduce some of our volunteers who give their time in providing support to our elderly Queenslanders.
Introducing our volunteers…
Meet Helga. Helga has been volunteering at PresCare Day Therapy Centre (DTC) since 2013. She enjoys spending time with clients and assisting them with their exercises, and chatting with them as they wait for their appointments.
Before retiring Helga worked for 39 years as a nurse caring for children with disabilities. Soon after retiring, she began to miss providing care, compassion and love to those in need. So when it was announced at her church that PresCare DTC was looking for volunteers, she jumped at the chance to help out and here she is, 6 years later!
Meet Lynette. Lynette has been volunteering at Prescare DTC for two and a half years for up to 3 days a week and loves to help out whenever and wherever she can. She particularly enjoys organising the books for book swap days and looking after the donation table.
Lynette first attended PresCare DTC as a client and was later approached to be a volunteer. Since she had retired and was looking for a meaningful way to spend her time, Lynette was happy to give her time to volunteering at the Centre.
Meet Su-san. Su-san has been volunteering at PresCare for over one and a half years since September 2016. She splits her time between PresCare DTC, Inala Place, Sherwood Place and Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre. Su-San particularly enjoys assisting in activities such as craft classes and exercises classes, as well as helping out with the preparation of lunch.
Su-san is originally from Singapore and immigrated to Sydney in 1974, and in 1988 she moved to Brisbane. Since she was a young girl, it has always been her desire to serve the community and would often visit hospitals and aged care centres organised by her church to sing and bring joy to patients and residents. Su-san’s greatest inspiration was her generous and loving mother whose motto was to serve God and assist anyone who needed help in any way or form.
Eight years ago, Su-san decided to fulfil her passion to serve the community by switching her career from an office job to working in aged care.
“It has been a truly rewarding experience and thanks to Monika Prinsloo (Manager of PresCare DTC, Inala Place and Sherwood Place), I was given the opportunity to volunteer at PresCare. All the management and staff at each PresCare centre has made me feel welcome and appreciated and it is a pleasure to work with them.
I have no hesitation in recommending anyone who requires care to PresCare. It has been a joy and honour to work for an organisation who has a history of helping older Australians since 1929. With such a beautiful Mission, Vision and Values of Care, Respect, Discover and Deliver and above all, the foundation of “Christ In All We Do”, the organisation will go a long way from strength to strength”.
Meet George. George has been volunteering at PresCare Sherwood Place for 17 years and 6 months! George decided to volunteer at Sherwood Place because he likes talking to people and didn’t like sitting at home doing nothing after retiring.
George is 79 years old and is married to his wife Gail, and together they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. He is a well-known member of the community and was recognised in 2012 with an Australia Day award for his outstanding contributions to Sherwood Place. George enjoys using his hands to create wood work, in particular children’s tables and chairs, steps, stools and small cabinets. His wood work skills come in handy when the Centre needs some minor repairs.
In recent years, George has added ‘cruising the 5 oceans and 7 seas’ to his list of activities and as he conquers each ocean and sea, he has shared his adventures with the guests at Sherwood Place.
Meet Lynelle. Lynelle has been volunteering at PresCare Sherwood Place for just over 18 months. She decided to volunteer her time because she wanted to meet new people and help those in the community.
Lynelle first moved to Oxley when she married and soon after, had 2 children. She loves the beach, animals (in particular her dog that she always takes for walks) and baking. Her specialty is fudge and gooey cakes.
Meet Barbara. Barbara has been volunteering at PresCare Sherwood Place for around 18 months. She decided to give her time to assisting at Sherwood Place because she couldn’t stand doing nothing at home after retiring and was glad for the opportunity to come and share her day with the guests at the Centre.
At 18 years old, Barbara was qualified as a Speech and Drama teacher and taught children and adults speech, drama and public speaking for 40 years. She has worked for Multiple Handicapped Association in Brisbane and Queensland Foundation for Blind People.
Barbara and her husband moved to Cairns for 20 years where she taught English as a second language to migrants and Indigenous Australians, as well as holding the position of Disability Educator at Cairns TAFE. After retiring in 2013, she moved to Dallas Texas to do community work and later returned to Brisbane in 2016.
Meet Michael. Michael has been volunteering at PresCare Sherwood Place for 2 days a week for the past 4 years. When not assisting guests he is often found outside in the garden, watering the plants and trees. Volunteering helps keep Michael active since retiring at age 60 and it enables him to give back to the community.
Throughout his life, he has worked a variety of jobs from labouring, being a storeman and forklifting in garden maintenance. Michael also enjoys AFL and Rugby League.
Meet Linda. Linda has been volunteering at Prescare Sherwood Place for nearly 2 and a half years. She decided to volunteer at the Centre after retiring because she had time to spare, and when she saw the advertisement in the local paper she knew it was just the thing she was looking for. She particularly enjoys getting to know all the guests better week after week and listening to all their interesting stories.
Linda grew up in Miranda, Sydney and moved to Narara (near Newcastle) when she got married and raised her two children. After 36 years of living in Narara, Linda moved to Brisbane in 2015 and eventually purchased her home in Sinnamon Park where she currently lives with her dogs. In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, gardening, caring for her grandchildren and watching sport on TV (especially cricket, tennis, AFL and rugby league). Although she now lives in Queensland, she will always have blue blood.
Meet Judy. Judy has been volunteering at Prescare Sherwood Place for 14 years! Judy wanted to give her time to assisting others because she knew what it was like to be lonely, a feeling she experienced when she was at university. So when she retired, she decided to help alleviate the loneliness and isolation of older people in the community by chatting with clients and being part of the caring team at Sherwood Place.
Judy first learned about Sherwood Place when a former volunteer encouraged her to help out at the Centre. She still recalls what she said during her interview when asked what she expected to get out of the volunteering experience:
“I will get out of the experience whatever I put into the role.”
Meet Beryl. Beryl has been volunteering at PresCare Inala Place for 4 months. She decided to volunteer because she wanted to help the community and for her mental and physical wellbeing.
Meet Philip. Philip has been volunteering at PresCare Inala Place for 2 years. He decided to volunteer at Inala Place after the Centre was highly recommended to him.
“I’ve done a lot of volunteering work over the years and have never known any other place to look after their volunteers so well. I am very happy here”.
Meet Marlene. Marlene began volunteering at Inala Respite Centre 18 years ago and when PresCare purchased the Centre 2 years ago and renamed it PresCare Inala Place, she stayed on.
Meet Patricia. Patricia began volunteering at Inala Respite Centre in February 2014 and when PresCare purchased the Centre 2 years ago and renamed it PresCare Inala Place, she stayed on.
Patricia decided to volunteer at Inala Place because, as a full time carer for her sister (who is a guest at the Centre), she wanted to give back to the Centre for the all the wonderful things they do for her.
Meet Carol. Carol began volunteering at Inala Respite Centre 18 years ago and when PresCare purchased the Centre 2 years ago and renamed it PresCare Inala Place, she stayed on.
Carol decided to volunteer because she enjoys working with the clients, other volunteers and staff.
Meet Dianne. Dianne has been a volunteer for PresCare Inala Place for 2 months now.
Dianne wanted to give back to the community, so she decided to volunteer at the Centre. She loves to interact with clients and give a helping hand where possible. Diane enjoys talking to the guests because they all have their different stories to tell, and each with their own personalities.
Dianna used to work at the PresCare Corporate Office as a Payroll Officer.
Meet Marjorie. Marjorie began volunteering at Inala Respite Centre 22 years ago and when PresCare purchased the Centre 2 years ago and renamed it PresCare Inala Place, she stayed on.
Meet Shelly. Shelly has been volunteering at PresCare Inala Place for 1 year.
Shelly wanted to give her time to volunteering at the Centre because she loves the company of older people. She also enjoys working and chatting with staff and other volunteers.
Meet Joyce. Joyce began volunteering at Inala Respite Centre 15 years ago and when PresCare purchased the Centre 2 years ago and renamed it PresCare Inala Place, she stayed on.
Joyce wanted to volunteer because she finds helping other people very rewarding.
Meet Jennell. Jennell has been volunteering with PresCare Inala Place for 1 and a half years.
She wanted to volunteer because she wanted to give back to the community and finds it very rewarding.
Meet Tony. Tony has been volunteering at Prescare Sherwood Place for 5 and a half years.
Meet Neil. Neil has been volunteering at Prescare Sherwood Place for one month.