News & Media

12 May 2017

Latrobe Community Health Service celebrates National Volunteer Week

The efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers will be celebrated this week as Latrobe Community Health Service takes time out to reflect and say thank you at their annual Volunteer Thank You event this Thursday night.

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The efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers will be celebrated this week as Latrobe Community Health Service takes time out to reflect and say thank you at their annual Volunteer Thank You event this Thursday night.

The event, which coincides with National Volunteer Week (8-14th May 2017), recognises the crucial role volunteers play within the organisation and celebrates the vital service they provide across many program areas.

“In the last year volunteers have donated over 20,000 hours of their time working in areas as diverse as meal preparation, transportation, administration, planned activity groups and respite support,” said Anne Coxall, Senior Manager, People, Learning and Culture.

“Some of our volunteers have been with us for over 35 years and we value the contribution they bring both to our organisation and the communities they assist,” continued Ms Coxall.

The theme of this year’s Volunteer Week is ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’. It focuses on the idea that volunteers live happier healthier lives.  This is particularly true for Latrobe Community Health Volunteer Radha Lakshumi.

“When I first arrived in Australia with my family, I felt like I was trapped at home.  I didn’t have any friends, I struggled to find work and access study and my English was poor.”

“Through volunteering I have met lots of new people, improved my English and have gained valuable work experience working in an area I love; finance and administration,” said Mrs Lakshumi.

According to Ms Coxall, volunteers such as Radha form an integral part of many programs.

“Our volunteers keep the doors open here, they make a real difference in people’s lives every day and it is wonderful to hear of the rewards volunteers such as Radha receive as well,” said Ms Coxall.

“Latrobe Community Health Service is always looking for people to assist with our programs.  Volunteering is a great way to connect with your community and acquire new skills.  It provides an opportunity to give back,” concluded Ms Coxall.

For more information on how to volunteer with Latrobe Community Health Service, please phone 1800 242 696 or visit www.lchs.com.au.