"In 2010, 6.1 million people (36%) of the Australian population aged 18 years and over participated in voluntary work" (www.volunteeringaustralia.org)
The Western Health Volunteer Program operates across all Western Heath sites and offers relevant and appropriate volunteering opportunities to our local community that support patients, visitors and staff at all Western Health sites:
· Sunshine Hospital
· Footscray Hospital
· Williamstown Hospital
· Reg Geary House
· Hazeldean Transition Care Unit
The program offers volunteering opportunities for our local community to support their health service. The program operates 7 days a week and is closed on public holidays and for a period between December and January each year.
Volunteers support Western Health's fundraising initiatives in numerous ways. Fundraising volunteers support the Western Health Foundation through event preparation, tin rattling or helping out with tasks on the day of an event. You can also volunteer your time in the Auxiliary Shops or Opportunity Shops located at Western Hospital Footscray, Williamstown and Sunshine Hospital. All volunteers in these roles are part of the volunteer team and have all of the same training and rights and responsibilities as the rest of the volunteer team.
"I never thought that I would feel so great after helping with Tin Rattling at the Footy Day at Etihad Stadium. I thought that I would feel self-conscious but I didn't as I was shown how to approach people and we had a great day raising money for the Children's Ward at Sunshine Hospital. (Brianna aged 16 years who has been volunteering for 12 months)
"I just look forward to my shift in the Opportunity Shop every week. I really feel like we are helping to make the Hospital better for my community by the money that we raise. I volunteer with the same ladies every week and we have become great friends too" (Jean has been volunteering for 25 years)
Western Health Volunteers perform a wide range of services including, but not limited to Emergency Department support, Meals Assistance programs, Visitor Guides, Opportunity Shop & Fundraising, Newspaper trolleys, Basic administrative support, tea & coffee trolley, Social Support, Patient Activities Support Groups, Better Care of Older People, Dining with Friends, Linking our Community (LOCALS), Volunteer Driver Program