About the volunteer program
The Cobram District Health Volunteer Program aims to assists patients/residents in the health service (both acute and aged care) who have been identified by nursing staff as having special care needs. Our volunteers help make the experience of being in hospital or our aged care facility a little nicer for everyone.
Volunteers are a precious resource that provides:
- Skills that cannot be resourced among paid staff
- Additional support to patients and their families
- Support to paid staff to allow them to provide more time for patient / resident care
To gain the most from volunteering you should consider the following:
- The type of work you would prefer
- The time you have available to commit to the health service
- Personal skills you may have to offer the health service
- Your personal motivation for offering to volunteer
Whats in it for you?
- Friendship and company
- Inclusion in a team with common goals
- Use and development of new skills
- Opportunity to contribute to a worthwhile cause and provide a benefit to the community
- Personal satisfaction
Anticipated time commitment as a Volunteer
Following training, the time commitment as a volunteer for the program will depend on your availability. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one shift per week (4 hours). Flexible arrangements can be discussed depending on your availability.
Duties as a volunteer may involve the following:
- Sitting with patients in a one on one basis or in a group activity session
- Assisting with making patients comfortable to support their sleep and rest
- Talking to patients about current events and interests
- Assisting the patient with eating and drinking
- Assisting patients with the completion of menus
- Accompanying patients with walking and exercise under direction of nursing staff
- Supporting people with activities they enjoy such as reading, playing cards
- Other activities depending on the volunteers skills and experience
You will be supported in your role as volunteer and provided with further information through the application process.
Becoming a volunteer
All interested people applying to become a volunteer will be asked to attend an informal interview to further discuss their interest.
Volunteers will be required to undergo the necessary processes and checks according to the policy and recruitment processes of CDH and this will be further explained as part of the application process.
Contact the Community Engagement Officer on (03) 5871 0777 (opt 6)