A Special Thank You from Far West LHD to its Volunteers
The Far West Local Health District is recognising the contribution by the many volunteers to the health service with a special morning tea being held across the District. The morning teas are being held as part of National Volunteers Week 17 -23 May. This year's theme is Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine.
Far West LHD Chief Executive, Mr Umit Agis, said the special morning teas are a small but sincere gesture of appreciation for the volunteers and everything they do for the health service.
'Throughout the year, our volunteers make an enormous contribution in their respective areas and in a variety of ways to the organisation and the wider community and this cannot be understated,' he said.
'Our volunteers bring a positive influence to the lives of our patients, their families, carers and our staff. Much of this work goes unnoticed by the general public but the health service is extremely appreciative, we know what they do and how their contribution - no matter how small or significant - can make a big difference.
'We hope that all our volunteers know we appreciate them for everything they do throughout the health service and throughout the year,' said Mr Agis.
The Far West LHD volunteers include the Hospital Kiosk volunteers, those who assist the staff at the Mental Health Inpatient Unit and Carers Groups, the Artist in Residence, the Dementia/Delirium & Palliative Care volunteers, the Aqua and Tai Chi Leaders, the Patient Family Support Staff volunteers, our co-located volunteers from Telecross Red Cross, Broken Hill Women's Auxiliary RFDS Hospital visitor program and hospital visitors from St Vincent de Paul. Local club volunteers from the Working Men's club and the Demo also visit fellow club members who are patients in the hospital.
NSW Health has a long successful history of encouraging a culture of engaging the community in volunteering. NSW Health greatly values the relationship fostered with volunteers who generously give their time, knowledge and life experiences to support our health services.
'Being a volunteer benefits the community and individuals by making it easier for the community to interact with one another socially and at the same time, becoming involved in local community issues, projects and services,' said Mr Agis.
Many of our volunteers agree that getting involved and volunteering is a great tool for positive ageing, and they get immense satisfaction from their contribution to our health service'.
If you are interested in volunteering with Far West LHD please contact Community Engagement Manager, Darriea Turley AM on +61 8 8080 1511.