THE Rainbow Project is blossoming, thanks to volunteers like Ruth Reid.
The project provides friendship, connection and support to adults with a mental illness and people who are socially isolated, and runs in five locations around Perth.
Mrs Reid (96), an Order of Australia recipient, Volunteering WA’s lifetime contribution to volunteering award winner, freeman of the City of Nedlands, and wife of former WA governor Gordon Reid, has been patron of the project since its inception in 1998.
“Everybody needs somebody who’s interested and cares about them,” she said.
“For the people who come, they tell us every time what it means for them to know we’re there and are interested in them.”
UnitingCare West paid tribute to the Rainbow Project volunteers at Nedlands Uniting Church ahead of International Volunteer Day on December 5.