As any regional town or city knows, volunteers are frequently at the heart of everything a community does. Entertainment, events, fundraisers and working bees are where these people shine, and without them often these things simply would happen.
There are a number of celebrations throughout the year which recognise volunteers worldwide. This years theme is “Volunteers build resilient communities” which has a special focus on local community volunteers who contribute to making their communities more resilient against events such as natural disasters and economic stresses, and is especially relevant in rural communities given the tough times people have faced throughout the drought.
One organisation who knows the full value of volunteers is Dubbo’s Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institutions (RFBI) Masonic Retirement Village. RFBI is a leading not-for-profit aged care provider and have a long and proud tradition of helping those in need.
Throughout their network of 21 residential care villages, 20 retirement villages and home care services, they care for over 2500 older Australians every day. The high quality care and services provided are supported by a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers who give up their time to make a difference in the lives of others.
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At each of the villages, volunteers support their teams in a variety of ways including assisting with outings, helping with activities and most importantly, spending time with all of the residents.
At RFBI’s newest village, Dubbo Masonic Village there are 27 highly valued volunteers who dedicate their time to the residents, helping to brighten their day and make a difference to all of those around them. These amazing volunteers spend time with residents sharing stories and memories, helping with a wide range of activities and supporting residents to live the life they want.
Volunteers have always found that volunteering is very rewarding and a great way to stay mentally active. Volunteer Larraine Bucklee said that by giving their time in the villages, they are also giving back to themselves. “I like the contact with residents and staff. It’s a good day our and keeps me mentally involved,” she said. Arthur Riley has been volunteering with RFBI for 25 years and agreed with Larraine saying there is always something to do. “I visit people regularly and enjoy meeting people. It gets you out and keeps your old brain working,” he said.
If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers and making a difference to the lives of all the aged care residents, please call RFBI Dubbo Masonic Village on 02 6800 1400, or for more information visit their website.