Become a Volunteer
Give the precious gift of time to those who need it most.
Time…it’s the greatest gift of all
Passion, positivity and generosity are the 3 main ingredients when it comes to being a great volunteer.
Volunteering your time is truly the gift of giving.
2016 Census ABS reports revealed 3.6 million people volunteer spreading happiness amongst strangers every year. In general, volunteers are happier people as a result.
Being a volunteer gives you a sense of pride, knowing you are helping others, increasing your own self confidence and self esteem. When you’re volunteering you’re giving back to the community. It’s such a rewarding experience.
Residents may feel isolated from their families due to distance, work commitments, busy lifestyle or the current pandemic. Social isolation is often a key trigger for depression for many in the community. Our residents genuinely look forward to socially interacting with our volunteers, the staff at St Andrews certainly appreciate your commitment to volunteering!
If you recently retired, became unemployed, enjoy meeting new people, lost a love one, or merely have a few hours spare, no matter what age, volunteering can help restore a sense of pride, restore new meaning and purpose in your life.
You can also develop new skills or try a new career path.
Peter H, Ballina
“I really enjoy the interaction with the residents. This is something I can do to help them get over their loneliness. There are so many lonely people “out there” with things going on around Covid. I enjoy it too; I actually get something out of it. Especially when they can’t get out or don’t get many visitors”.
“When I first started volunteering at St Andrews, I was a bit anxious, I didn’t really know what to expect even though I had been around people in aged care before. After one day, it felt normal, it feels good inside, good that I could talk to the residents and they enjoy it”.
Robyne M, Ballina
“I started volunteering 4 years ago. I worked at St Andrews for 9 years and after suffering a number of traumatic events in our family, I retired. For the next 2 years, I sat on my lounge. I decided to return to St Andrews as a volunteer.
My days are so full, we do craft, cooking, sideshows, scrabble, call bingo, play rummy, have choir, chats but most of all, I’m just here for them. It feels really good when I come back in – it’s my second home. Seeing the smiles on the resident’s faces, and knowing they miss me when I’m not here. They bring so much joy to me, as I do to them. Volunteering saved me.”
A wide range of activities
We welcome volunteer enquiries for a wide range or activities including:
- Story telling
- Daily walks
- Men’s group
- Choir and entertainment
- Kitchen and or meal service
- Bus driver
- Technology use and support
- Auxiliary, fundraising etc.
Interested? Fill out the form on the right and we’ll be in touch.
If you would like more information about volunteering at St Andrews, please contact Kim, the Business Development Officer, on 6620 5841.
We encourage people with a disability, life experience, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse backgrounds.