July 23, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
The Arcare Carnegie community has a special partnership with high school, Kilvington Grammar.
Over the past year, the pair have been building their relationship, through a student volunteer program.
Each term a new group of Year 9 students are challenged by their school to complete a project, that will positively engage and represent the wider community. The ongoing program is called the ‘Expo Challenge’.
As well as volunteering their time at the residence, the students also engage with the clients to record their wonderful life stories.
Although the new term has only just begun, lifestyle coordinator, Lou has already started introducing the new students, to key clients who are keen to share their stories.
Recently some of the new students visited the residence, to chat with the clients and conduct a craft class.
The clients loved asking the students what they are studying and also sharing their own stories of their school days. It was lovely to see two generations coming together.
At the end of the term, the students will present their projects and the clients’ stories at an Expo event at Kilvington Grammar. Already, several clients have written the date in their diaries as they are eager to attend and support the students.
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.