AGED care retirement living providers Bethanie honoured its volunteers during National Volunteer Week in a series of social activities this month.
In Mandurah, volunteers celebrated with an afternoon tea.
Bethanie volunteers do an array of jobs across retirement villages, independent living units, social centres and lifestyle villages, as well as support Bethanie clients in their own homes.
Volunteer work ranges from gardening, cooking, driving, sports and games to arts and crafts. The non-profit organisations has more than 600 volunteers.
“Whether it is through social interaction with a resident, running a games group like bingo or even helping with one-off special events, every little bit makes such a big difference and really helps brighten the day of our clients,’’ corporate outreach program manager Laurette LeCras said.
“An important way of encouraging our volunteers to remain with Bethanie is to give them adequate recognition.
“Volunteers can quickly lose motivation if they feel their work is not valued, so these events are just one way of showing our appreciation for the work they do.’’