During Volunteers Week in May Grampians Community Health are recognising the 60 volunteers who contribute over 5000 hours every year to our community, and who enable the community health service to function.

CEO of Grampians Community Health Greg Little said “to celebrate and thank all volunteers in our community GCH we  partnered with other volunteer agencies during the volunteer celebration for National Volunteers week on the 24th of May 2018 at the Stawell Powerhouse”

“This has been a great chance for Grampians Community Health to thank all our valued volunteers who have assisted us in supporting people in the community over the last 33 years. You have helped many people and given those people a variety of opportunities to feel better and be part of our community. Some volunteers have been with GCH for as long as 20 years”, said Mr Little.

Geraldine Monaghan, a Volunteer Coordinator at GCH, said, “The last training I ran was exciting. I trained 15 volunteers in Horsham to work with the youth groups at our youth centre ‘Nexus’ to assist with Freeza events and other exciting youth fun”.

“This expansion of volunteers to support youth is a great opportunity to be connected with young people”, she went on saying.

Volunteers at Grampians Community Health, helps the community in so many ways. They drive people to appointments via our ‘Community Car’, they run the weekly exercise ‘Active for Life’ programs, they visit isolated older people through our friendly visiting service ‘DO Care’, and people with a NDIS plan who are socially isolated. They also assist aged and disability clients to access community through our ‘Talk Listen and Care’, they support and participate in youth events. The volunteers also help young people from LGBTI community, and provide help to our community in times of emergencies via our “Social Support and Recovery” services.

Gemma Beavis, Rainbow Committee chair at Grampians Community Health said that some of the volunteers offered to be part of our Juno Vesta group and will assist the Coordinator with transport needs, mentoring and activities such as arts & crafts, music, discussions on relevant topics, assist with planning community events and involvements in advocacy projects.

“The Juno Vesta group was established to help young LGBTI+ people in the Grampians feel included, supported in their community and provide the opportunity to make new friends. It is so important to have members of the community involved in these committees, we are grateful to have volunteers helping us,” said Ms Beavis.

Mr Little said that during times of emergencies or natural disaster, the volunteers of GCH and other agencies play a critical role in supporting our community.

“The Grampians Community Health trained network of volunteers assist with staffing relief centres that support people who have been affected by emergencies such as flooding and bushfires.” Said Mr Little

Grampians Community Health is always on the lookout to recruit and welcome additional volunteers into its ongoing program. Grampians Community Health provides ongoing training and support you and several opportunities that suit your skills and interests across Ararat, Stawell and Horsham.

Find more information about volunteering with GCH. Anyone wishing to volunteer at Grampians Community Health can easily do so by calling 5358 7400 and we will provide all information you need to start.