There are a number of volunteering positions available at Wimmera Health Care Group. We support all our volunteers in their role and ensure they get the most out of their time at our organisation. For information on any of the positions, or for any other volunteer enquiries, please call our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 5381 9347. Alternatively, you can contact the Centre for Participation on 5382 5607.
Volunteer roles available at WHCG:
Wimmera Health Care Group Hospital Guides
Hospital Guides will be the friendly welcoming face of Wimmera Health Care Group (WHCG). Their role is to ensure everyone entering the hospital can to get to where they need to go and find the information they require. It would be great if these volunteers are knowledgeable about WHCG, its history, current services and locations however this is optional and can be learnt while volunteering. This role offers an opportunity for members of the community to “Give Back” to WHCG in a practical and helpful way.
This important customer service role ensures that patients, their families and other visitors feel welcome. The role ensures that people know where to go and how they can access vital health information and other services. Volunteers may also help people get to waiting vehicles, serve refreshments in waiting areas and liaise with team members about patient or consumer enquiries.
Wyuna Activities Volunteer
The Wyuna Sub-Acute wing of WHCG offers rehabilitation and Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) services, which are aimed at improving the health and function of people after they have experienced an illness or injury. Wyuna helps people manage problems relating to their physical, emotional and social well-being, diet and thinking skills.
Volunteers work closely with the sub-acute team, including speech, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and food services to enhance the wellness and rehabilitation of Wyuna Sub-acute patients and clients. Wyuna’s objective is to help patients regain as much of their independence as possible.
Pet Therapy in the Nursing Homes
Volunteers contribute in a number of ways to the emotional wellbeing of older people or people with specific needs. This position is for volunteers who own suitable pets that would enjoy visiting with frail-aged residents in the nursing homes.
Volunteers supervise their pet while in a residential aged care facility and allow their animal to interact with, and entertain residents as directed by Leisure and Lifestyle staff or Nurse Unit Manager of the division. Pets can include dogs, sheep/lambs, kids (goats), guinea pigs, piglets, rabbits, alpaca’s, lizards, snakes (non-poisonous) and other approved animals. Animals that enjoy socialising, can be handled easily and are not likely to be fearful or unpredictable are required.
Volunteer Driver Program
This volunteer position is for a driver to assist clients with their health outcomes by providing transport. An example would be to provide transport support for respite or medical appointments within an approximate two hour circumference of Horsham. Volunteers would be approved to drive WHCG’s fleet of state-of-the-art vehicles.
WHCG Volunteer drivers must agree to a VicRoads Driver History Report, an in car assessment with a local driving instructor and participate in driver orientation arranged by WHCG, including regular reviews of their driving ability and safety.
Wimmera Nursing Home Accompanied Activities – Transport
As part of the objective of the nursing home ‘to support residents to live their lives well’, volunteers will transport, accompany and support residents to participate in social outings that enhances their quality of life while keeping them engaged in the community. This can be 1:1 or/and group outings with support from the Leisure & Lifestyle or as an individual. Volunteers will need a car or bus licence and will be required to undergo a driver assessment and VicRoads Driver History Report.
Wimmera Nursing Home Accompanied Activities Support
Volunteers will support the Leisure and Lifestyle Team in engaging residents in activities for an individual or group as part of the objective of the nursing home ‘to support residents to live their lives well’. Activities can be something the volunteer knows and has an interest in or can support monthly rostered activities. This role can be loads of fun and very rewarding.
For these volunteering positions the hospital requires the following checks: Police Check, Working with Children’s Check, 3 character references and a statutory declaration.
For more information please contact Stephanie Thomson WHCG Volunteer Coordinator 5381-9347, Wednesday and Friday, Day Centre @ Horsham Hospital.
All hospital volunteers have orientation and training.