Welcome to a new year & a new Decade!!
In this issue:
- Photo gallery
- Comings & goings at MWP Care
Lindsay, Marlene, Barry & Gloria at Waterview Restaurant Christmas lunch outing.
Picnic by the river at Davidson park with volunteer bus driver Col.
Barry enjoying lunch at Guildford leagues club
Article courtesy of the Guardian Australia
Being a volunteer can transform your life – but not enough people know that yet!!!
Volunteering can be great for wellbeing, but fails to appeal to men and younger people. Charities and councils need to reach out to those who have most to gain.
Many years ago, Jeff, now 59, had a serious accident at work that left him with permanent injuries. He’s now a volunteer with Sporting Chance, a project that engages older men in activity and exercise groups, and runs regular bingo sessions.
“Most people who have met me wouldn’t believe that I used to be introverted, especially with regards to my health,” he says. “I was quite shy.”
The change that Jeff has experienced in his life as a result of volunteering is something many of the 30,000 involved with our Volunteering Matters charity have also seen. They do all kinds of volunteering in their community, from befriending elderly and isolated people or supporting families where children are at risk, to giving someone a lift to a hospital appointment.
There is now broad agreement about the positive contribution volunteering can have for people’s health and wellbeing. Recently, for instance, I was cheered to hear delegates at a recent public health conference recognise how volunteering can improve health and wellbeing, including that of people with conditions like dementia. Volunteering helps reduce loneliness, now recognised as a serious health risk
Volunteering helps reduce loneliness which can help improve mental health.
Volunteering has been acknowledged as part of the wider health policy, led by a NHS(UK Health System) five-year plan identifying a need to encourage community volunteering.
It also has an important role to play in tackling social exclusion, through projects such as lunch clubs for older people, assisted gardening schemes, or young play leaders. Volunteering can help to provide people with ways out of poverty, by giving them new skills and confidence, and aid social integration. This is of particular value to those who are most excluded from the labour market, such as recent migrants or people with disabilities.
Volunteering has an image problem – particularly with men and younger people. But while the benefits of volunteering are clear, there is worrying evidence that the people who could benefit most from giving their time are precisely those least likely to be involved. There are many reasons for people not to volunteer. For older people, the barriers can include poor health, poverty, lack of skills, poor transport links, or having caring responsibilities, such as looking after grandchildren. Younger people can be deterred by feeling they don’t have the time to volunteer, or not knowing anyone else who volunteers. Many also think volunteering is just for older people with time on their hands.
What’s the answer? More should be done to promote the value of volunteering to the particular needs of different groups. There is evidence on why people choose to volunteer, and we need to make better use of that information.
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If you haven’t picked up your MWP Care Christmas keep cup gift – they are at reception so please feel free to come in and grab yours if you haven’t as yet!!
These glasses were found at the MWP care front
Office—they are prescription sunglasses,
Country road brand with a Specsavers stamp— please contact Bronwyn on 99133244 or bbrent@mwpcare.Com.Au if they are yours!
The staff and board welcome you to MWP Care and hope you enjoy your volunteering journey!!
We also say farewell to Sue Fenlon, Lyndall Watson and Carmela Azzolina who have retired from service with MWP Care.
Thank you for your dedication to our clients and we wish you all the best in the future!!!
New MWP Care staff member Jenna Richardson
Jenna has been employed in a full time role with MWP Care to work as a care coordinator in the phone room. Jenna, and she likes to be called jen, has previously been employed in the private sector coordinating services for the frail aged and disability clientele.
Jen likes promoting healthy and safe ageing in the home and has experience creating care plans and service plans for each individual clients.
Welcome to the team jJen!!!!