May 17-22 was national Volunteers Week. NINA chose to celebrate with a beautiful celebration for our community volunteers through a lunch at the lovely St George Motorboat Club.
Nina has a group of 40 volunteers from Helensburgh to Thirroul (and a few that live outside those areas as well. We service over 300 clients in the Northern Illawarra with various support needs. Volunteers graciously drive hundreds of kms ensuring that the elderly , disabled and those who are considered transport challenged are able to make important medical appointments, can independently do their own weekly shopping or just spend time with family or friends .
We have volunteers that happily go into the homes of isolated people and give them the comfort and companionship for a couple of hours each week. Many older people who live alone and aren’t close to family are dependent on a volunteer that comes and has a cuppa and a chat once a week.
Lastly we have a special group of volunteers that facilitate activities and events for the elderly to be part of.
All of this equates to over 500 hours of time a month-
We celebrated this year volunteers that have been with us from 3 weeks to an amazing 31 years of service. Chances are you know someone that uses the NINA service or know s a volunteer. Take a minute to say thank you.
NINA clients showed there appreciation by sending a volunteer a thankyou Telegram. Come in to the office and see what they had to say!