Homestead rewards its volunteers

FOR 24 years Joyce Black has volunteered at the Allora Homestead, helping making residents live happier every day.

Along with a number of Allora volunteers who dedicate their time to the elderly, the Allora Homestead staff put on a luncheon yesterday to say thank you during Volunteer Week.

Mrs Black, along with Marg Matson, runs the exercise program every Monday and Tuesday followed by a game of Rumminkin.

“I enjoy doing things for other people,” Mrs Black said.

Lifestyle co-ordinator Sonia Prendergast said they had a number of volunteers who came in and helped out a number of times a week.

“We would be lost without them because I can't do it all by myself. It's just a big help with the activities, plus it gets members of the community involved with he residents,” Mrs Prendergast said.

Ele Clarke has been volunteering for about six months and spends a lot of one-on-one time with the residents, which Mrs Prendergast described as being valuable.

“It brightens their day. We get as much out of it as they do,” Mrs Clarke said.

“They are really interesting people and there lives are so interesting.”

Another avid volunteer, Dalveen Hughes, runs the men's Cobbers Club, putting on a barbecue twice a month.

“It gives you an interest and I like cooking and working with the elderly,” Mrs Hughes said.

“Besides, we could be there one day – you never know what is around the corner.”



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