The role of volunteers has been pivotal to the organisation over the years and continues to be increasingly important. Twilight was built on the selfless support of volunteers who provide an independent source of comfort to residents, outside of carers. Appropriately trained volunteers can enrich the lives of the residents and assist staff morale.
Who can Volunteer?
Twilight’s team of volunteers are made up of all kinds of people in our community who are prepared to make a commitment – whether a few hours a week or two hours a fortnight. They don’t necessarily have to contribute a particular skill; even just lending a compassionate ear or sharing a cup of tea can greatly enhance residents’ wellbeing and assist staff.
For example, at Horton House, Hunters Hill we work with the local council’s Community Visitors Scheme, which provides volunteers to assist a number of residents in areas such as language and cultural support. The local public school band also comes in to play for residents throughout the year.
Similarly, at Glengarry we have a strong relationship with the local Mosman Council Volunteer Program which provides volunteers from the area to read to residents and deliver art therapy.
Jamieson House continues to have a vibrant volunteer contingent from within the Beecroft community. Some regular visitors include a husband and wife team, Harris and Andrew Kim, who come in every Saturday for an hour of musical therapy. Students from the local school, Mount St. Benedict College, also come in to sit and chat with residents and offer them conversation, comfort and social interaction through word, games, arts and craft.
Members of local Catholic, Anglican and other religious denominational communities regularly visit each Twilight home to offer spiritual comfort to residents in the form of prayer, reflection and Holy Communion. We are so blessed to have these members of the community who are such a valuable part of the Twilight family.
How to Volunteer?
Recently Twilight revitalised its volunteer program to include a full orientation process and training, as well as an updated handbook. Each of the homes is fortunate to have several volunteers and we are always happy to welcome new members into our community. If you are interested in volunteering with Twilight Aged Care please contact our Lifestyle Coordinator on 02 9414 4400 or email: email@example.com