Cura is one of the lucky recipients of a Lotterywest / Volunteering WA grant for the celebration of the 30th National Volunteer Week,which took place from 20 to 26 May. The funds were used to say a big ‘Thank You’ to our wonderful volunteers, during a lunch on the 29th of May at the Miss Maud Hotel in Perth.
The Chairman of our Board, Henri Koldenhoven, and our Community Services Manager, Annegret Renk-Kotzee, expressed their gratitude to the volunteers and provided them with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Our more than 30 volunteers visit older people living at home or in an aged care facility, to provide companionship to individuals or in a group setting. Speaking to the volunteers during the lunch, some of them shared their experiences. Claudia, who has been a volunteer with Cura for 2 years, joined the program to meet interesting people and have an opportunity to speak German, her native language. She visits a lady who she reads and sings German with and they go for walks together. We also spoke to Toni, who has been a volunteer for 10 years and has developed a strong bond with the lady she has been visiting. During her visits Toni helps with computer tasks, they drink coffee together or watch a movie.
Listening to our volunteers, it is clear that they enjoy their time volunteering. Special relationships are formed and the visits are a positive experience for both the people visited and the volunteers.
We would like to thank Lotterywest and Volunteering WA for the opportunity to organise this event for our volunteers. We would also like to thank Miss Maud for generously donating two buffet vouchers which were raffled off at this event.
There still are many seniors in our community who would benefit from a volunteer visit. If you would like to join our volunteer team or know of someone who would be interested to do so, please contact our CVS Coordinator on 9382 1983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org