Warrigal was founded by volunteers in the 1960s and they continue to provide a major component in the provision of services to residents and clients.
Originally, all services and functions were provided by community volunteers. Volunteers continue to play a major role in the delivery of our services today; the guidance of the Board and much of the supplementary care offered, is provided by volunteers.
Our 300 registered volunteers provide an invaluable support to our residents each year. Volunteers provide comfort, drive the buses for outings, give care and attention, assist at functions and fundraise for our residents. Our Board is made up entirely of volunteers. We thank our volunteers, and recognise that without them we could not provide the level of service for which we have become renowned. Our volunteers adhere to the Code of Conduct, training is provided in the code and in company procedure at special volunteer orientation days, held twice a year.
Other community members and organisations provide assistance, such as entertainment, craft and activities, gardening and religious service.
The support of the families and friends of our residents also provides an invaluable service. In visiting, cleaning and providing additional loving attention to residents.
Volunteering is an intensely rewarding experience; we need your time and talent. Maybe you could:
- Help in the garden
- Read to the visually impaired
- Cook the BBQ at a special event
- Take time to have a chat
- Organise a fundraising event
- Drive the bus
- Show off your musical talent
- Visit regularly
- Get involved in the functions and special events at your centre
- Become a donor
- Leave a bequest in your will
- Help in the office
Your time can make a real difference to the lives of elderly people in our care and others in the general community.
Through volunteering, we benefit from the skills, experience, energy, enthusiasm and commitment that you bring.
Benefits of voluntary work
People volunteer for a variety of reasons including:
- They find it rewarding
- It's fun
- They make new friends
- Gaining new skills and experiences
- Wanting to become part of a team
- Using their free time in a positive way
- Gaining valuable work experience for work or further education
- Wanting to do something different to their normal job
- Gaining confidence
- Making use of their skills and experience
What we can do
We give all our volunteers a variety of opportunities that match them to a suitable vacancy or need in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Queanbeyan. We will train you and pay your out of pocket expenses.
But above all, we will value your involvement in our work.