Erskine resident Jill Heraty is approaching her third year of volunteering at Mercy Place Mandurah, a milestone that is being recognised by staff at the aged care home during this year’s National Volunteer Week, which is celebrated between Monday 17 - Sunday 23 May.
The 78-year-old, who began volunteering at the not-for-profit home after staff at the facility cared for her husband for several years, said as well as being keen to give back, she wanted to find a worthwhile avenue for her time after she retired.
“I think you get what you give, and I find volunteering my time extremely rewarding,” says Mrs Heraty, who assists Mercy Health’s lifestyle staff with various celebratory high teas, footy tipping, library pickups and one-on-one socialisation with residents.
“I just love the interaction with the residents and the staff at Mercy and would recommend volunteering to anyone because there are so many benefits, it’s just a case of working out how you would most like to help.”
Mercy Place Mandurah Service Manager, Simone Baxter, said Mercy Health highly valued its dedicated volunteers, like Jill.
“We have a wonderful group of highly committed volunteers of all ages who help make Mercy Health the real community it is, and we are incredibly grateful for their support, as are our residents,” she says.
“National Volunteer Week is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the generosity of our volunteers, who give their time so freely to support our residents in so many ways.”
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