21 June, 2021
This week marks National Volunteer Week, and we’re celebrating our team of close-to-1400 volunteers in a number of different ways. One is through our annual Long Service Awards, which are being held across our three sites over the next few days.
Our Long Service Awards recognise those who have freely given their time, energy and skills to us for five years or longer. This year we’ll be handing out awards to 135 volunteers who have supported us for five years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years or 25 years, and an incredible 30 years.
In recent months, the value of our volunteers has been clearer than ever before. They’ve stood by us through Covid-19 lockdowns and the disruption caused by the redevelopment of our North Shore facility.
With their support we are currently caring for 357 patients in our community every day and will care for over 1300 people by year’s end. They help us keep people in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible and to provide services which help them live well until they die.
Our volunteers assist our patients and their families to attend the many groups we offer, and also support our inpatient services. In addition, Harbour Hospice volunteers have partnered with us to raise millions of dollars to fund our services through many thousands of hours gifted in our Hospice shops and through fundraising.
In the last financial year their contribution alone equaled 158,000 hours of unpaid work. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to deliver the level of care that we do for our community.