West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s annual volunteer lunch

More than 60 volunteers and staff gathered today for West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s annual volunteer lunch to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

This year’s theme for National Volunteer Week is “We are the Change Makers”.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group Board Chair Christine Holland attended today’s lunch at the Warragul Country Club and thanked all of the volunteers for the work they do across the organisation.

“Volunteers play an important part in helping us deliver our vision of improving the health and wellbeing of our community,” she said.

“Quite simply, without our volunteers we would not be the vibrant, successful organisation we are today.

“Today’s lunch is just a small token of our appreciation to all of our volunteers. And it is always a highlight each year for me personally.”

West Gippsland Healthcare Groups runs a number of volunteer programs including:

• Andrews House and Cooinda Lodge aged care social support and lifestyle programs, visiting with our older residents
• The concierge program assisting in the smooth transition of patients and visitors around the West Gippsland Hospital
• The Community Rehabilitation Program providing woodworking skills for clients and undertaking maintenance of equipment for our allied and community health team
• The adult Consumer Representative program to support our Standards committees and the Community Voices Committee
• The new Youth Representatives Group providing the perspectives and opinions of children and young people
• The Rawson Community Health Centre program providing support for vaccinations, events and outreach programs at our health centre
• The Drouin Auxiliary and Trafalgar and District opportunity shops who fundraised a combined $310,000 last financial year for West Gippsland Healthcare Group

West Gippsland Healthcare Group Chief Executive Officer Dan Weeks said the organisation was on the hunt for more volunteers.

“We are looking community members who are interested in helping us to improve the services we provide to our community.” he said.

“You don’t have to be an expert in any area – we provide training, resources and support to help our community representatives in their roles.”

At West Gippsland Healthcare Group, our volunteers need to attend an interview, undergo a Police Check, have (or obtain) a current Working with Children Check, take part in orientation as required, and abide by our Code of Conduct.

To apply, visit www.wghg.com.au and complete an online application form.

For more information, please contact West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s Consumer Engagement and Volunteers Manager Cherie Howe on 5625 6258 or by emailing cherie.a.howe@wghg.com.au

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