Volunteers shine in Queensland awards
SUNCARE volunteers Sally Dickinson and Paul Freeborough will represent Queensland at the National Aged and Community Services Awards in Melbourne after sharing the ASCA Queensland State Award for Volunteer of the Year last month.
Suncare CEO Russell Mason said the organisation was incredibly proud of Sally and Paul who will go on to represent Queensland at the National Awards held in Melbourne in October.
"Suncare is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and hardworking volunteers.
"Sally and Paul bring a real energy and enthusiasm to the Maroochydore Centre.”
Sally has been volunteering for Suncare for many years and is known for taking the time to get to know each customer and going out of her way to find common ground and build genuine connections.
Paul has a natural ability to connect with people and creates an environment which feels safe and inviting. He is skilled at providing opportunities for customers to engage in activities they love. His enthusiasm, patience and kindness is an invaluable asset for both Suncare and the wider community.
Mr Mason said the benefits to individuals of being able to live in their own home and retain their community connections are significant.
"Both our customers and volunteers benefit from the daily contact and the caring, supportive nature of helping one another.
"We have regular classes and workshops five days a week at our community centre in Maroochydore, these connections change the lives of many seniors living alone.”
Suncare has more than 200 volunteers who donate their time across a range of roles - from helping out in the Meals on Wheels kitchen, making community visits to customers' home and organising a wealth of activities at the Centre in Maroochydore.
The annual Aged and Community Services Australia (ASCA) Aged Care Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions made by those in the aged care industry.