"Empowering the participants in this way is very rewarding"- Pete Geary
Pete Geary is one of Nambour & District Care’s volunteers who has been volunteering over a variety of projects and subgroups. To date, Pete is an active volunteer through the Young Ones Day Respite centre. The Young Ones group are a group of Nambour & District Care clients who are on the NDIS spectrum. Click here to read about the NEW Young Ones art class.
The criteria for being a Nambour & District Care (NDC) Day Respite Centre volunteer involves the following;
Someone who enjoys chatting to people
Someone who has fun with elderly people in a variety of games to engage their thinking and conversation skills
Someone who enjoys having sing-a-longs; and
Someone who is able to help assist kitchen staff serve morning tea
We asked Pete a few questions about his experience volunteering with Nambour & District Care. Here is what he had to say;
1. How did you hear about NDC volunteer opportunities
“Through Volunteering Qld Maroochydore. My wife was looking to become a volunteer”
2. What influenced your decision to sign up?
“Initially I was completing A Cert 3 in Individual Support for People with a Disability and was able to do my 120 hours of Placement in a volunteer capacity with Nambour and District Care”
3. How long have you been volunteering with NDC?
“I started volunteering with Nambour & District Care on the 1st of July this year. In all about 5 months”
4. What type of volunteer opportunities at NDC have you been a part of?
“I have volunteered with the Young Ones and also helped out with the combined respite activities with the Sundowners as the groups often combine in the main hall. I have also helped out on the Young Ones outings, and helped the participants/clients experience outdoor activities which they would not otherwise have the opportunity to.
Empowering the participants in this way is very rewarding.”
5. What has surprised you about becoming a volunteer with NDC?
“The attitude of the staff has been a pleasant surprise as they take a genuine interest in facilitating activities for the participants in a friendly and safe environment and enjoy the interaction they have with the participants. The staff are great to work with, they all have a great attitude and the participants are great to interact with which I enjoy.”
6. Can you name any highlights you had during your time as a volunteer with NDC?
“Interacting with the participants is a highlight for me, as well as assisting them on outings. Assisting in such a positive environment each day is also a highlight as the activities are always well planned so they are a challenge to the participants but also enjoyable for all. The food prepared on site is also of a high quality and appreciated by all”
7. Would you recommend volunteering with NDC to others and why?
“I would not hesitate to recommend volunteering at BRCG/NDC to others as I find it is run very professionally while being in a great environment for volunteer, participants and staff”
If this volunteer role is for you, then we would love to hear from you! Please ring Michele Crocker, NDC Volunteer Coordinator on 54414441 or simply complete the online volunteer expression of interest form.