• Volunteer Stories

    Musical Volunteer finds her ‘decks’ with Resthaven

    Carolyn McHugh has been a proud volunteer at Resthaven Leabrook since 2016, bringing her talent of ‘DJing’ to music-loving residents who enjoy coming together and sharing their love and enjoyment of music. Recently, Carolyn took it upon herself to write a letter to Resthaven, sharing how rewarding it is for her to share what she … Continued

    Four-legged volunteers ‘bark’ joy to residents

    Resthaven Paradise’s own canine volunteer, Shadow, ‘barks’ joy to residents each week, accompanied by his owner, and Resthaven volunteer, Russell Dahms. ‘Shadow is my nine-year-old male Siberian husky, who loves meeting new people during our pet therapy sessions,’ Russell explains. Russell and Shadow ‘We started volunteering with Resthaven Paradise in July [2021]. The staff and … Continued

    ‘Volunteering opened a door for me that had been shut,’ says Elaine

    Elaine Crettenden enjoys her time volunteering with Resthaven Bellevue Heights, and her long association with the organisation stretches back to 1986, when her late husband, Ron, was appointed as a member of the Resthaven Board. ‘Ron and I were married in 1982,’ Elaine explains. ‘Before meeting him, I was a single mother, and worked full-time … Continued

    Social group’s heartfelt donation to the community

    Resthaven Community Respite Services hosts a social group at The Shed, at Township Road, Marion. The members of The Shed group have been busy teaming up with Minton Farm Native Animal Rescue Centre (MFNARC) at the Cherry Gardens Animal Rescue Service. Assistant Manager, Julian Sporne, says, ‘The group members have been working on a variety … Continued

    Janet Hill: 2021 Volunteer of the Year

    Join us in congratulating Resthaven Aberfoyle Park volunteer, Janet Hill, who, on Friday 22 October, was announced as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the 2021 Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) awards. Manager Volunteer Services, Stacey Thompson, says, ‘This is a wonderful recognition of Janet’s talents, skills and tremendous support.’ Janet is pictured above with … Continued

    Bookworms Unite at Resthaven Westbourne Park

    In July, Rosie joined the volunteer team at Resthaven Westbourne Park. Rosie’s passions in life, other than family, have always been theatre, reading and writing. With her mother now a resident at Resthaven Westbourne Park, it was these passions that led Rosie to become a volunteer and share her love of books with other bookworms. … Continued

    Volunteer takes on wisdom from century old “Cliffy”

    On 17 May, Mrs Cliffline Cox, known as Cliffy, celebrated her 100th birthday and volunteer Leigh, sat down with her to learn more about her life over a century. Currently, Cliffy is a resident at Resthaven Mount Gambier, but she was once a young girl growing up in the small country town of Dungog, NSW … Continued

    Volunteer, Sarah, makes a special connection

    A French Connection

    ‘We have a French connection at Resthaven’s Ridgway House!’, says Stacey Thompson, Manager Volunteer Services. ‘We are so happy that Sarah Burnett has become a volunteer and joined the group at Ridgway House.’ ‘Ridgway House is an overnight and day respite cottage run by Resthaven Community Respite Services,’ says Lisa Edwards, Ridgway Coordinator. ‘It just … Continued

    Volunteers feel the beat

    At Resthaven Murray Bridge, volunteers share their musical talents and passions to make a real difference to residents through music. Two such people are volunteers Peter Geue and Rose Symonds, who make up the ‘Harmony Duo’. Each fortnight Peter and Rose ensure the halls are alive with the sound of music. ‘Residents love it when … Continued

    Volunteers in top form at the winning post

    National Volunteer Week, from Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May 2021, is Australia’s opportunity to recognise and celebrate all those who volunteer in Australia. Resthaven recognises and thanks all volunteers for their important contribution. ‘Volunteers engage and connect with people supported by Resthaven in many varied and interesting ways,’ says Stacey Thompson, Manager Volunteer Services. ‘Resthaven Murray Bridge … Continued

    Glenda reflects on 25 year volunteer career

    When 25-year Resthaven volunteer, Glenda McDonald, decided it was time to move into residential aged care, the obvious choice was Resthaven. After all, she says, ‘I feel part of the place.’ A trained nurse, Glenda started her volunteering career with Resthaven later in life, when her children were a little older and she wanted to … Continued

    Alison and Mary stay connected

    Volunteer, Alison, is staying connected with people living at Resthaven Craigmore, replacing her usual in person visits with twice weekly telephone calls instead. Alison, who has volunteered at Resthaven Craigmore for almost four years, made the decision to not attend the home during the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health of residents. However, this wasn’t … Continued

    40 Year Volunteer Celebrated

    This week, Resthaven volunteer, Dawn Schaefer, was celebrated for her 40 years of volunteer service with a surprise visit from the Resthaven bus! Dawn, who has supported Resthaven Marion since 1980, and has been staying home for the last couple of months, as recommended, during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this wasn’t going to stop Resthaven … Continued

    ‘Thank you’ to volunteers on National Volunteer Week

    This week (18-25 May) is National Volunteer Week, and Resthaven says ‘thank you’ to volunteers for all that they do. In this, Resthaven’s 85th anniversary year, we reflect on how volunteers have been at the heart of Resthaven since the very beginning. ‘Rest Haven’ was officially opened on 11 May, 1935, when two people volunteered … Continued

    Brightening up the day

    With his loud Hawaiian shirts and sunny disposition, volunteer, Leigh, is known for ‘brightening up’ everyone’s day at Resthaven Mount Gambier. Lifestyle Coordinator, Trudyanne, says, ‘Leigh comes in on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.’ ‘He facilitates a men’s catch up and coffee, provides individual social visits, and holds a history/men’s club on Fridays, with fellow volunteer, … Continued

    Virtual Volunteering

    Thank you, Bronwyn! Volunteer, Bronwyn Pederson, has made two beautiful wreathes to be used for the site Anzac Day services at Resthaven Leabrook and Westbourne Park. Bronwyn dropped the wreaths at Head Office on 17 April, where they were sent on the to the sites. They were gratefully received by the Lifestyle teams. The handmade … Continued

    Volunteer, Les, shows age is no barrier

    Today is the United Nations’ International Volunteer Day, a day to raise awareness about the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world, such as social isolation. At Resthaven Mitcham, Les May is living proof that age is no barrier to volunteering and making a difference in the lives of others. Les … Continued

    Resthaven Mount Gambier Volunteer Garden Party

    On 20 May, Resthaven Mount Gambier celebrated volunteers with a ‘garden party’ at the home at 24 Elizabeth Street, Mount Gambier. Stacey Thompson, Manager Volunteer Services, says, ‘We enjoyed afternoon tea together amongst the garden party-themed decorations, with good food and good company.’ ‘Residents helped to make the decorations, as well as set up and … Continued

    National Volunteer Week – 20-26 May 2019

    At Resthaven, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the service so many give in working together with individuals and enriching their quality of life. Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, says ‘At Resthaven, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the service so many give in working with individuals and supporting them in … Continued