Volunteers celebrated during National Volunteer Week

A very successful morning tea was held on Monday May 15 at the Alexandra Oval Community Centre, where about 55 people attended as part of National Volunteer Week.

It was great to see so many of our volunteers and community members come along to learn more about the volunteering opportunities available at EGHS and to hear from some invited speakers – Bec Peters (Deputy Director of Clinical Services), Wendy Dumesny (70 Lowe Street), Grace Rethus (Patricia Hinchey Centre), Janelle Smith (Meals on Wheels) and Christine Doak (Residents’ Support Group).

The theme for this year is the Change Makers and every volunteer at EGHS is a valued member of our team; without their vital support plus those who are considering volunteering, many organisations would not be able to provide the services they do.

Volunteers come from all walks of life and have that extensive life experience, knowledge and skills that can contribute greatly to the quality of life of our clients, residents and consumers. Volunteers can also learn new skills including time management, delegation, leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal communication and listening skills.

EGHS has over 160 volunteers, but not all are currently active, so we do need more.  As the hospital grows and looks to provide much needed services, volunteers become an essential part our team.

We are particularly looking for diversity in our volunteers, in particular Indigenous First Nations, Samoans and other groups that live locally, who are able to provide support to the many and varied consumers that now use our hospital services.

Please note that all volunteers do need to complete Police and Working with Children check applications along with providing evidence of their COVID vaccinations, however we can help you complete all the necessary paperwork.

Benefits of volunteering at EGHS include:

  1. Working in a healthy and safe environment and an environment free from discrimination.
  2. Covered by insurance.
  3. Orientation program and training provided.
  4. Name badge provided.
  5. Rosters can be organised to suit you and your availability.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in volunteering, but doesn’t know where to start, please do contact the volunteer coordinator on volunteercoordinator@eghs.net.au or leave a message on (03) 5352 9481 to find out more information.