Volunteers needed

OURCARE services need more volunteers like Ron and Shirley Bendiech.
Nanjing Night Net

They are both on the meals on wheels roster, Ron takes clients to medical appointments and Shirley is a bus assistant.

And once a month they team up to do the Saturday morning shopping trip.

“Ron drives the bus and Shirley is the bus assistant,” Ourcare volunteer co-ordinator, Leanne Cooke, explained.

“We rely heavily on volunteers to provide our services to the most vulnerable members of the community.”

Ourcare is a non-for profit organisation and assist the aged and disabled live independently and most importantly safely.

Ms Cooke said the increase in demand for their services, in particularly meal deliveries, taking clients to medical appointments and the town bus run means they need more volunteers.

“It only takes about an hour out of our day to deliver the meals,” Shirley said.

“I really enjoy giving back, you never know one day we might all need this service and if we don’t volunteer now then it may not exist then – that would be a real shame.”

Ron said it is not only about delivering the meals.

“Sometimes we are the only people they may see during the day,” he said.

“If someone does not answer the door then we check around the back if we don’t get an answer then we contact Ourcare.”

He also enjoys chatting to clients when transporting them to medical appointments.

“We have never had a volunteer leave because they don’t enjoy it. It’s only because they are no longer physically able to do it, leave town or return to work,” Ms Cooke said.

“We provide all volunteers with an orientation and the only requirement is that they are over 18 years of age.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Leanne Cooke on 02 6571 23300 to arrange an interview.

VOLUNTEERS: Ron and Shirley Bendeich have supported Ourcare Services as volunteers and encourage others to do the same.

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