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Recognition for aged care volunteer on International Volunteers Day

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Geelong local David Smith has only been volunteering at Mercy Place Rice Village over the past year, but has already had a positive impact at the aged care home according to Acting Service Manager Pamela Matheson.

Mercy Place volunteer David Smith. Credit: Mercy Health

“The residents love spending time with David, he brings smiles to their faces,” she said.

Mr Smith began volunteering at the Village after experiencing a new lease on life while recovering from an acquired brain injury. He now visits the home every Monday to meet with residents and lead sing-a-long activities.

“I’d be lost without it. I hear inspiring stories from residents … and singing along with them is a truly joyous experience,” he said.

Volunteers make up a key part of our aged care workforce, with over 23,000 people giving up an average of five hours’ of their free time a fortnight last year so it’s great to see providers acknowledging the valuable role they play.

International Volunteers Day was Tuesday 5 December.

Lauren Broomham

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.


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