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SOUTHERN NSW LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT SALUTES VOLUNTEERS

During National Volunteers Week, Southern NSW Local Health District acknowledges and praises the commitment and dedication of our over 300 volunteers.

The Health District’s Chief Executive, Margaret Bennett said their selfless commitment and efforts of these volunteers is truly appreciated by staff, patients and their families. They are central to our Southern health team.

“National Volunteer Week gives us the opportunity to publicly recognise the outstanding effort of all the individuals who raise funds, provide their skills, knowledge and support in a multitude of roles that support the local health service,” Ms Bennett said.

“It’s fitting that volunteers be publicly recognised for their dedication, passion and skill. They embody the best qualities in our community, and they’re a role model for others.”

Volunteers within the Health District undertake such roles as:

  • auxiliary workers
  • tai chi and exercise leaders
  • support for oncology patients
  • pastoral care
  • kiosks and stalls
  • pink ladies and men
  • general hospital activities
  • community consultative committees
  • consumer representatives for committees
  • transport drivers
  • administration

Over 300 community members give their skills and time to the District’s health facilities, patients and the wider community without seeking reward, or special praise.

Ms Bennett said volunteering has broad social benefits, building trust and interaction between members of our community. Volunteers are a precious resource and one which we in the Health District could not do without.

“It is an investment in our community, making a positive difference to our delivery of health care in country towns and regions”.

“For young people, volunteering can lead to new experiences and contact with new people, beyond networks of family or school.”

For older people, volunteering keeps them in contact with the community, affording them a sense of purpose that may be missing after leaving the workforce.

“Volunteers of all ages experience benefits to their self-esteem and their health, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a difference to the health and wellbeing of others living in the Health District. They are to be commended.”

If you are interesting in volunteering for your local health service, please call Manager Community Engagement - Renata Sheehan 0477 322 107 or renata.sheehan@health.nsw.gov.au

Last updated: 02 June 2020
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