National Volunteer Week is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
This week provides an opportunity for the McKenzie Aged Care Group, on behalf of our residents, their relatives and staff, to thank you for all the amazing work you do and the positive contribution you make to our resident’s lives. The theme of this year’s national volunteer week is “Changing Communities. Changing Lives”. Volunteering plays a vital role in the development of social cohesion and social connection – both of which help alleviate loneliness which as we know has a very real effect on physical and mental wellbeing.
Residents are often missing the people, family and friends, that know them best and this can lead to feeling socially isolated and disconnected. With your help, we are able to include in their care, the little things that make a difference, a smile, an ear to listen to their worries and hear their stories and sometimes just a presence – to sit and quietly provide company. All of you, through your generous contribution, are helping to change communities and change the lives of our residents.
The start to 2020 has been disrupted by COVID19, which has challenged us in ways we could not have imagined. We hope that you and your families are keeping well and safe as we navigate through these unchartered waters. If this time is showing us anything, it is about the universality of the human experience, and the need for empathy, compassion and patience.
Through this time your presence in our facilities has been greatly missed by all, and the residents and staff look forward to the time we can welcome you back to continue your vital work.
With grateful thanks for all the wonderful work you do,
Kate Gray Mary Scott
General Manager Operations General Manager Human Resources