Aged Care Narratives » Faye’s experience volunteering
July 7, 2020
Written by Rachel Bailey
My name is Faye Thomson
I am a volunteer at Arcare Maidstone.
This is my story about how I became a volunteer at Arcare.
My beautiful mother moved into Arcare Maidstone in early 2011. I went to see her every afternoon. I always had my wool and needles with me, as I would knit while I sat with mum.
One afternoon Shirley, who was in the Lifestyle team at the time, came in and asked me if I would be interested doing some volunteering, and I said yes.
I started volunteering one morning a week, doing craft just with ladies. I would also knit once a week with the ladies, serve morning tea, and hold reminiscing sessions. The more I volunteered, the more I found that I was really enjoying it.
Now nine years later, I am still volunteering at Arcare Maidstone, but now I come in 4.5 days a week.
I like to help in any way that I can.
I do the coffee run after lunch for clients. The café team know when I come to order and what I normally order.
I help setup and call the Bingo games, which really helps the lifestyle team.
I also go to visit the clients, who do not have many visitors and we have chat.
I like to assist the lifestyle team by going out on the bus outings like to morning melodies.
I help serve the pre-dinner drinks and I enjoy ensuring that everyone has what they need at the celebrations and events.
When it is Footy Tipping season, I take charge and run Maidstone’s footy tipping competition. I go and ask the clients and team members, who they are picking that game.
When my day is over and I go home, I feel very happy knowing that I have been able to help and contribute to the community in these small ways.
Rachel Bailey is the Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has been with Arcare since February 2018, when she started in the role of Relationship Coordinator. Rachel has previously worked in a wide range of roles that equipped her for her responsibilities as Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has previously held marketing roles and administration roles in a range of industries, earning a range of valuable communications skills that she brings to her role today. Rachel attended Lyndhurst Secondary College in Cranbourne, Victoria, graduating with her Victorian Certificate of Education in 2014. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication and Media Studies & Public Relations in 2017. Rachel is passionate about her work and believes that strong communication strategies are the key to creating a closer connection between residents in aged care communities and the wider community. Rachel is a firm believer in regular communications to help friends and family keep updated on the lives of their loved ones who are enjoying life in Arcare residences.