News & Media

12 February 2015

Volunteers needed urgently

Latrobe Community Health Service is in urgent need of volunteers to support its ongoing community work.

Photo of Alan Dingwall, volunteer at Latrobe Community Health Service
Alan Dingwall, volunteer at Latrobe Community Health Service

Volunteers are critical to the organisation’s success in reaching the community, according to Anne Coxall, Senior Manager, People, Learning and Culture.

“I think the thing that surprises our volunteers is how rewarding they find the work. They arrive ready to help, and leave feeling deeply happy,” said Ms Coxall.

“Our volunteers really help keep the doors open here. I don’t know what we’d do without them.”

Volunteer Keith Bilton said volunteering had been a worthwhile commitment.

“Being retired, it gets you off the couch and involved in the world,” he said. “And after being plied with a cup of tea and cake, how could I refuse?”

Alan Dingwall, who has been a volunteer driver with Latrobe Community Health Service for more than five years, agrees that volunteering has had a positive impact on his life.

“I absolutely love getting up in the morning and going to the centres and seeing who we have to pick up. The clients and staff have been my family. It feels good inside to hear I am doing a great job.”

There are multiple volunteering roles to be filled urgently, including drivers, visitors to elderly people in their homes, general helpers for planned activity groups, simulated patients to role play clinical treatment with students, and many more.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Adriana Pezzutto on 51365306 or email adriana.pezzutto@lchs.com.au