WHEN Russell Chapman retired after 44 years working at Murray Goulburn he was looking for something to do.
That was until his wife saw in the Campaspe News that the hospital was looking for volunteers.
That was almost 12 months ago.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service are again on the hunt for passionate and hard-working volunteers this Voluntober.
That is volunteers this October.
‘‘It is the best thing I have ever done,’’ Russell said.
‘‘It is so rewarding to just go around to the residents and talk to them.
‘‘Some of them don’t have any family who visit them or can’t very often so they really enjoy seeing a friendly face every now and then.
‘‘It is great.’’
Russell said as a volunteer you can do a variety of things.
‘‘I originally applied to be a bus driver, which I do occasionally,’’ he said.
‘‘But I do bingo, take the residents outside when the weather is nice, play games with them and just sit and chat.
‘‘They really enjoy having someone there to help out and get them outside their four walls.
‘‘We muck around a bit, which is nice to see them laughing.’’
REDHS volunteer co-ordinator Paula Grech said they are fortunate to have many volunteers across the organisation.
‘‘Commitment can be as little as an hour a week or as many days as they like, there’s always something to do and it can lift the spirits of the volunteers and residents,’’ she said.
‘‘It would be great to get some younger people on board to add a different aspect here, and it’s really about what you get out of it as well as what you put in.’’
REDHS currently has 66 volunteers who are invaluable, and the activities that occur at REDHS could not get done without their help.
To raise your hand and become a volunteer like Russell contact Paula on 5484 4328 or [email protected]