HOLIDAY SPOT: The next best thing to being at Camp Breakaway is to be a volunteer.
HOLIDAY SPOT: The next best thing to being at Camp Breakaway is to be a volunteer.

Camp Breakaway searches for retirees to volunteer

CAMP Breakaway on the Central Coast has put out a call for volunteers to support their camps for children with disabilities and high medical needs, and retired people are especially being targeted.

Located on 25 landscaped acres at San Remo, Camp Breakaway is one of Australia's most highly regarded charitable organisations.

With a small staff and hundreds of volunteers, its mission is to provide respite care for people with a disability and their families.

But the word "respite" does not adequately explain the wonderful work they do.

Perhaps 'Holiday' is a better word to describe the experience of those who attend.

To make the camps the wonderful experience they are, staff and volunteers begin planning months in advance - going over the applications, finding out all the clinical needs, including medication and specialised equipment, organising volunteers, booking entertainers and buses, making sure the catering is right, and conducting student and volunteer training.

Much of this work is done by the volunteers.

Camp Breakaway's general manager Terry Hayes said all of the camps were special. "But if you speak to our volunteers and staff who run the camps for children, they will tell you how extra special these camps are."During the year we will run up to eight camps for children with disabilities and high medical needs as well camps for young carers and siblings who have a family member with a disability," he said.

If you are a person who has some time to give, a special place in your heart for children and want to do something worthwhile, Camp Breakaway has a volunteer program and role - from managing a camp to washing dishes - that will suit you.

"With many camps already scheduled and more being planned, we are seeking more people to volunteer to help us help others," Mr Hayes said.

"We the camp provided volunteers with training, as well as meals and accommodation. when you participate in a camp.

"A police check and a 'working with children' clearance are required," he said.

If you're interested, phone Camp Breakaway on 4390 7624 for all the details.


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