Both Allity Homes’, Calare Nursing Home and Gosling Creek Nursing Home held a Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser, coinciding with Volunteers Week. It gave the homes a chance to reflect of everything their volunteers do for them, whilst raising a bit of money as well.
Calare Aged Care
Calare celebrated over 20 volunteers last week, one of them was much loved, Julie Mulvey.
General Manager of Calare Aged Care Danny Oakenfull said, “Places like this wouldn’t run if we didn’t have volunteers, they are an essential part of our service and we are extremely appreciative of all the work our volunteers do, with that, Julie Mulvey certainly is important and certainly is appreciated.”
Julie has been a part of the Calare Nursing Home community for nine years, “I come in on a Friday afternoon and play word games with the residents. I was always interested in Calare Nursing Home and I thought it was a good way to get my foot in the door, so I began volunteering and then started training as well, so now I work here and volunteer on my Fridays off.
“The residents enjoy it so much, we have a lot of fun together, the word games make them think, they find it a challenging and they absolutely love it.”
Gosling Creek Aged Care -
Gosling Creek’s superstar volunteer was Deb Nicholls.
“I accompany any performer that comes out to provide some entertainment, I love to contribute by working out on the farm here as well as the gardens. I have been volunteering here since Gosling opened.”
When I first found out they had a grand piano, well.. that got me in,” Deb laughed. “I’m a very social person and I just love seeing people react to music and to know you are bringing joy into their life. So many of them have great difficulty settling in, they are giving up their independence, so a lot of them really love having entertainment.”
Some residents enjoy a daily walk and the view of the farm and the animals around them, it sometimes makes them feel at home.”