" It is National Volunteer Week and we’d like to share with you all how much we appreciate all our volunteers who, just like Jill Edmondson, generously give their time and work tirelessly to help us "
Volunteer Week thank you

Jill

It is National Volunteer Week and we’d like to share with you all how much we appreciate all our volunteers who, just like Jill Edmondson, generously give their time and work tirelessly to help us provide education and support services to people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends.

Jill has been volunteering with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW since September 2011.

In that time Jill has rolled up her sleeves at a number of Memory Walk & Jog events, lent a hand at Premiers Seniors Week Gala Concerts and Christmas Concerts helped us out with a fundraising day and charity auction at Pennant Hill Golf Course and an Orange Blossom event in the Hill District. Jill has been there to provide information, listen and support to those affected by dementia.

“My darling 94-year-old mother passed. I was very distressed and I retired from nursing. A few months later, I felt the need to start to get busy again and wanted to volunteer with an organisation. I selected Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. From my first phone call to Diana Waring to present day I have been treated with respect and appreciation of what I do.

I don’t volunteer on a weekly basis because of distance and other commitments in my life, but I love to help at information, education and fundraising events. I love to talk to people from all walks of life and tell them about the wonderful work and the support the organisation can give to people living with this disease and their carers.

I have assisted at some amazing functions including the Rotary International Convention in Sydney in 2014. This was a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world and discuss, share and network about dementia. I attended an Australian Medical Association Ball at Parliament House and helped out with meet and greet, selling raffle tickets, helping with auction items, etc. It was a wonderful evening for me as I was able to talk to quite a few doctors while trying to sell tickets to raise money for our social research and resources.

I love to help at the Memory Walk & Jog events and have travelled to Newcastle, Wollongong and Sydney to encourage and cheer on the participants for a great cause.”

National Volunteer Week is held this year from 11-17 May. We appreciate everything all of our volunteers do for us every day, but this week is an extra special one for them and timely for us to show them just how much we really do appreciate all they do to help us to continue to support people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends.

Did you know:

  • * Volunteers are happier and sleep better?
  • * 95% of volunteers say volunteering relates to feelings of wellbeing
  • * 96% of volunteers say volunteering “makes people happier”
  • * Volunteering results in “helpers high”- a physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others
  • * Just a few hours or volunteers work makes a difference in happiness and mood

(source: volunteeringaustralia.org)

So a very big thank you to all our volunteers and a very happy National Volunteer Week to you all!

If like Jill, you would like to explore any of the many volunteering opportunities available at Alzheimer’s Australia NSW phone Volunteer Coordinator Kerri Burgers on (02) 8875 4652.

 Posted: May 14th, 2015
Discussion

Colin Meyer said:

Hello Folks, Could you please review my ambitions to: Step 1 - volunteer Step 2 - am happy to do more Step 3 - obtain qualifications in cert iv dementia practice Step 4 - obtain Diploma in dementia practice Step 5 - As I'm now immersed in volunteering for some time, become one of the great trainers in Australia teaching others on how to support our dementia folks Finally before any of this please confirm or deny that I require to be inoculated with vaccines of any flavour. I've been involved with both NSW Health and QLD Health delivering training to all hospital staff, both in class room and on ward settings...never required vaccine. Please investigate thoroughly as my research indicated I do not need it !!! If this can be confirmed, I'd like to become qualified/certified pronto :-) Cheers all, Col

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