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19 May 2022

Volunteers of Arcare – Jenny Oldfield

In recognition of Volunteers Week we also want to showcase Jenny who has been volunteering at Arcare Carnegie for 5.5 years. Jenny volunteers three full days a week in Carnegie’s Huntingdale and sensitive care communities.

She previously worked as a community carer and had a relationship with a resident at Arcare Carnegie. “My relationship started with Arcare when I would come in and visit another resident here at Carnegie.”

A year after Jenny’s husband passed away, she decided she wanted to give back and volunteer, when someone suggested Arcare Carnegie and she thought it would be a great way to reconnect with her friend and resident, Marjorie.

“I started volunteering here and I haven’t looked back or gone anywhere else since!” Jenny said. “I keep coming back because everyone here is like family,”

She also explained, “you know how people are with babies? Well, that’s me with the elderly, I just love seeing and spending time with them. I had eight grandparents, so I’ve always had a love and appreciation for the elderly.”

She loves running the exercises, singalongs, discussion groups and trivia. She quoted how she is always amazed by the information, experiences, and stories that the residents share with her and that it’s amazing to hear what they know and have achieved in their lives.

“Volunteering at Arcare Carnegie has been extremely rewarding. I would encourage anyone considering volunteering to consider an aged care, as the residents get so much out of our visits, and they really appreciate the companionship.” Jenny said.

She believes that volunteering really helps make a resident’s day and that if you can make one resident smile or laugh, you know you’ve done your job for the day.

One of her favourite memories from volunteering at Arcare Carengie “has been watching the residents faces light up as they see me. I remember one resident, Bernie, and her face would light up the room whenever she would see me.” Jenny said.

“I honestly think everyone should volunteer.” – Jenny Oldfield