Volunteering in aged care: Noah’s story
According to statistics released by Volunteer Australia, it is estimated that around 6 million people across Australia volunteer through an organisation annually. Noah, 18, is a volunteer at Strzelecki House, Japara’s aged care home in Mirboo North. Here’s his story and why he dedicates his free time to helping the older generation.
Q. How long have you been volunteering at Strzelecki House?
I’ve been a volunteer at Strzelecki House for around 7 months now for three days per week. I’m currently studying to be a Personal Care Assistant so volunteering at Strzelecki House means I can gain some practical experience in my chosen career field whilst also helping our older community.
Q. What drew you to a career in aged care?
It’s always been a dream of mine, it’s great to be able to give back to those in need of a helping hand, but it’s a two-way street as our residents have certainly taught me a lot since I started volunteering at Strzelecki House! Volunteering in aged care is a great way to connect with people you wouldn’t normally have the reason or opportunity to interact with, bringing you closer to the older generation.
I also think it’s important that we start to see more male workers in the aged care industry.
Q. What do you like most about volunteering at Strzelecki House?
Every day I learn something new from the residents. I can sit down with one or two of them with a cup of tea, chatting for hours on end and never get bored; it’s very humbling experience and I love being a part of it.
Feeling inspired? Why not get in touch and find out what aged care volunteer opportunities are near you. You can call our friendly team on 1800 52 72 72 or read more about the benefits of volunteering in aged care in our article.