Volunteers celebrated at Bethanie for National Volunteers Week

Volunteers celebrated at Bethanie for National Volunteers Week

AGED care retirement living providers Bethanie honoured their volunteers during National Volunteer Week in a series of social activities this month.

In Mandurah, volunteers celebrated with an afternoon tea.

Bethanie volunteers can undertake an array of jobs across retirement villages, independent living units, social centres and lifestyle villages, as well as supporting Bethanie clients in their own homes.

Volunteer work ranges from gardening, cooking, driving, sports, games and arts and crafts.

The non-profit organisations boasts more than 600 volunteers.

“Whether is through social interaction with a residents, 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,” she said.

“Volunteers can quickly loose 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.’’