A decade of volunteer support

Published 12:00pm 19 June 2024

A decade of volunteer support
Words by Nadia Chapman

One Deception Bay local has supported patients at Gannet House residential aged care facility in a volunteering capacity for 11 years now.

Judi Perks is a respected Community and Oral Health (COH) volunteer who works alongside healthcare staff to provide support, companionship and care for the clients, patients, residents and their loved ones.

“I worked at the Brighton Health Campus for 19 years in the catering section and always said I would come back and become a volunteer,” Judi says.

“So many of the residents don’t have family and don’t get regular visitors, so it is good to make them smile and show that someone cares about them.

“I love being around older people and love the other volunteers who together regularly go on social outings. We are all friends here – I am at peace being a volunteer.”

COH Engagement Officer Katie Chan says the program is incredibly rewarding for both volunteers and patients.

“The COH Volunteer Program provides a rewarding opportunity to experience a sense of meaning and appreciation, meet new people and make new friends, and stay physically and mentally active,” she explains.

COH offers a range of volunteering opportunities at various locations including Kippa-Ring, Zilmere and Brighton.

“Some volunteer activities include providing companionship and bedside visits, or supporting social and recreational activities including morning teas, bingo, reading groups, and arts and crafts, and music sessions,” Katie says.

“Other activities include supporting outings and bus trips, and outdoor activities including gardening, walking groups or information sessions and events at the Brighton Wellness Hub.”

For more information, visit the website or phone 3631 7450.

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