Carinity volunteers give back to support local community

Was your New Year’s resolution to give back to your local community?

Volunteering is a meaningful way to support people in your neighbourhood and make a real difference to the lives of others, simply by using your existing experience and skills.

Carinity is welcoming prospective volunteers to support people in Boonah, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Laidley, Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, Toogoolawah, Toowoomba and Townsville.

Darryl Tippett and Gay Loveday outside Carinity Clifford House
Carinity Clifford House volunteer Darryl Tippett and resident Gay Loveday outside the aged care community in Brisbane.

By providing practical and social assistance, volunteers have a positive impact on the lives of elderly or vulnerable people in Carinity’s residential aged care, school, chaplaincy, and community and disability services.

Volunteers in aged care provide additional opportunities for social connection and activities by giving support to personal care workers, nurses and diversional therapists.

This includes making social visits to residents, assisting with games, group pursuits and outings, and provide entertainment such as reading and live music.

Darryl Tippett understands how his presence benefits the residents of the Carinity Clifford House aged care community, where he assists with activities, functions and helps out on regular bus trips.

“You see the smile on the residents’ faces and the enjoyment they get from having a visitor. They’re just like family,” Darryl said.

Dee Watt's volunteering role at Carinity Education Southside led to a paid position supporting at-risk school students
A willingness to give back to her community led to Dee Watt volunteering at Carinity Education Southside.

Linda Sivyer, a volunteer chaplain at Carinity Hilltop aged care, finds that the simple act of stopping in for a chat goes a long way to brightening someone’s day.

“Some residents who don’t get out to activities really enjoy chatting. I love it. I’m here as a sounding board, to listen and to help,” Linda said.

Interacting with residents is also hugely beneficial for volunteers. Jan Cracknell says helping at Carinity Karinya Place aged care in Laidley has resulted in her making new friends and feeling more engaged.

Volunteer chaplains support people in aged care, hospitals and prisons, while volunteers can provide assistance at Carinity Education schools and disability and community services.

After realising that she “had spare time and wanted to do something to help others”, Dee Watt began volunteering at Carinity Education Southside.

“I was a bit nervous volunteering at first. Fortunately, everyone was very welcoming and made me feel comfortable. They included me in their activities; I felt part of the team,” Dee said.

Carinity Fassifern Community Centre volunteer, Wendy Hovard
As a volunteer at the at the Carinity Fassifern Community Centre in Boonah, Wendy Hovard has helped at events, in the kitchen and through gardening.

Wendy Hovard says volunteering at the Carinity Fassifern Community Centre in Boonah makes her feel part of her community.

“Being new to the area I gravitated to the community centre to volunteer as it is a great way to meet locals, both workers and patrons. Being a volunteer is so rewarding and I love being part of such a supportive team,” Wendy said.

Anyone interested in volunteering to assist the people Carinity support can phone 07 3550 3737 or find more information on the Carinity website.

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