Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities. With passion and purpose, they freely give their time to make the world a better place. Volunteering not only provides huge benefits to the community, but it is also extremely rewarding and personally satisfying for the volunteer.
MACS has over 45 volunteers who assist staff in delivering lifestyle activities to our consumers, gardening and running Stella’s Cafe and MACS Boutique. They give over 1300 hours of service each and every month, across 11 different programs. Volunteers allow us to provide a diverse social and lifestyle program for our consumers and like our consumers come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. They keep our consumers and Home Care Consumers connected to their community and most importantly, they become part of the MACS community and form beautiful friendships with our consumers.
We are also fortunate to have independent volunteers (pilots) from Cycling Geelong for our ‘Cycling Without Age’ Triobikes. Cycling Without Age is a world-wide organisation bringing the pleasures of cycling to the aged, infirm, and those who, for any reason, cannot enjoy the experience of cycling without support. Cycling Without Age Geelong’s first chapter was launched at MACS on 23 May 2018.
Anyone aged over the age of 18 can become a MACS volunteer. You may have a special skill or hobby to share, be able to help with one of our cultural or religious groups, or just like to chat and make new friends. Everyone has something unique and special to offer.
If you’re interested in becoming a MACS volunteer, you can find out more in our Volunteer Brochure or by contacting MACS Volunteer Liaison Officer, Ilaria Carini, by email: IlariaC@macs.org.au or email@example.com or phone: 03 5279 6800.
The volunteers@MACS program meets the National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not-for-Profit Organisations as set out by Volunteering Australia, as such we employ a simple process to ensure volunteers are a good match for our consumers and that their experience is a rewarding one.
At MACS, most volunteers spend their time with consumers in Mary Costa House, Borrela House, Annie O’Malley House and Gerda’s House, providing individual consumers with increased choice in their daily activities.
Volunteers at our Geelong facility do not provide intimate personal care.
Volunteer activities may include letter writing, reading to a sight-impaired person, assisting a confused person, leading or contributing to a group or one-to-one activity, driving and/or accompanying one or more consumers on a social outing.
The amount of time a volunteer can give to MACS is an individual decision and often depends on the type of activities undertaken.
Roles undertaken by volunteers at MACS are as follows;
Bella Chara Community Outings Volunteer: We are looking for a people focused, empathetic volunteer with a positive outlook who would support the designated lifestyle worker on outings within the community. As a volunteer in this program you would also take part in excursions to venues/attractions in and around the Geelong area. Transport is provided, the volunteer would be asked to volunteer five hours a week to this program and enjoy spending time with others.
Bella Chara Lifestyle Program Volunteer: The Lifestyle Program provides interesting activities on a daily basis to consumers of Bella Chara. Each month a calendar of events is presented to residents and every day there are different activities which our consumers are able to take part in. We are looking for a people focused, empathetic volunteer with a positive outlook who would support the designated lifestyle worker in facilitating these activities. In particular we would like a volunteer who is available on Friday afternoons to assist with happy hour and bingo.
MACS Boutique Customer Service: We are seeking self-motivated, friendly volunteers who enjoy interaction with others and are able to work independently. Daily duties undertaken will range from opening and closing the store, pricing items, sorting and displaying new items, merchandising, money handling and customer service. You should be comfortable working independently and would be available for at least one shift per week.
Stella Café: We are seeking self-motivated, friendly volunteers who enjoy interaction with others and are able to work as a part of a small team. Daily duties undertaken will range from opening and closing the café, making coffee, serving food, operating a cash register and EFTPOS machine and cleaning as you go. You will be required to follow safe food handling practices when undertaking this role. You will volunteer as a part of a small team.
Gardening: Role involves all tasks associated with gardening including weeding, mowing, planting, potting, trimming, watering etc.
Residential Lifestyle Program Volunteer: The Lifestyle Program provides interesting activities on a daily basis to consumers of MACS. Each month a calendar of events is presented to consumers and every day there are different activities that the consumers are able to take part in. MACS is looking for people focused, empathetic volunteers with a positive outlook who would support the designated lifestyle workers in facilitating these activities.
MACS is always sensitive to a volunteer’s changing circumstances, and works with individual volunteers to ensure that time generously given to the organisation remains a pleasure rather than becoming a burden.
If individual volunteers find their experience of volunteering is not pleasurable, they are encouraged to talk with the Volunteer Liaison Officer rather than just continuing with what they are doing or leaving without notice.
All volunteers are covered by MACS’ insurance when undertaking agreed duties as a MACS’ volunteer.
Call MACS’ Volunteer Liaison Officer, Ilaria Carini on (03) 5279 6800 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays) or complete the get in touch form on this page.
I always saw the volunteer activities as an important part of the wider care delivery. I’ve seen and understood first hand how keeping people engaged and connected to their lives and communities improves their general well-being. It can even alleviate depression and help with pain management. Mostly, it’s about keeping on living your life.
Linda Rizzi, Former Volunteer Coordinator