Geelong’s Multicultural Aged Care Service (MACS) collaborates with people from “all walks of life” to deliver a vibrant and diverse volunteering program for the region’s ageing population.
MACS volunteer liaison officer Ilaria Carini joined the organisation earlier this year and has grown the volunteering program immensely.
“I had no idea how meaningful this work would be. I work with people from all walks of life, organising volunteer partnerships to support the amazing work being done at MACS,” Ms Carini says.
“Aged care can be a challenging environment but it has real purpose and I feel I am making a difference to a lot of people’s lives.”
Ms Carini says the volunteering program at MACS is unique and boasts volunteers aged 18 to 94, from 22 different cultures.
Training and support is also on-hand to enable volunteers to thrive.
“I try to create a positive culture, where all volunteers feel engaged, motivated and able to support our residents the best they can,” she says.
“I ensure that each and every one of our volunteers feels they are respected and appreciated for what they do.
“Our service is unique and volunteers are a huge part of what makes MACS such a lovely place to be.”
Volunteers assist with the MACS Lifestyle Program, Stella’s Café, the boutique, craft and knitting, offering holy communion, delivering mail, gardening, musical performances, administration, fundraising, Mindful Moves, videography and driving.
MACS CEO Joy Leggo is thrilled to see the volunteer program growing.
“Volunteering is the lifeblood of MACS. Volunteers make things extra special for our residents and home care consumers and we are ever-grateful for what they bring.
“Volunteering is such a rewarding experience. If you have spare time and big heart, I encourage you to come and join in.”
For more information, please visit www.macs.org.au.