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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Summer 2022

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Keeping your cool this summer | Welcome Melanie Kiely CEO | MSWA Stationary Cycle results | Pain and pain management series: Part 3

VOLUNTEERING, CAMPS &

VOLUNTEERING, CAMPS & RECREATION VOLUNTEER UPDATE 2021 was a year of considerable change in the volunteer space. One big shift was the requirement for all volunteers working with NDIS funded Clients to complete the NDIS Worker Screening Check and the NDIS Worker Orientation module. I am happy to confirm that our volunteers all comply with this government mandate and will be continuing in their roles for the next five years, which is when the next round of screening checks are due. In addition, they also comply with the WA Government and Health Department mandatory vaccination requirements and are all COVID-19 vaccinated and will also be ‘boosted’. We also saw some very long-term volunteers retire at the end of 2021. Many thanks to Sheila Hayfield, Margaret Wells, Bryan Pickering, and Fay Simons, all of whom gave up their time for MSWA over many years, and this was acknowledged in their respective MSWA centres. In October 2021 we conducted a survey with our volunteers, covering issues such as how volunteers feel about their roles, training, and the level of support they received. We had a 50% response rate (which, by the way, is considered excellent, given the average email survey response rate is only 33%. Thank you, volunteers!). Most respondents felt respected and appreciated and remain satisfied with their work. Everyone knew their direct supervisor and continued to receive support from them through clear task instruction and ongoing feedback. On the balance there were also areas for improvement, including clearer communication regarding workplace procedures, and identifying training needs in specific areas, including providing refresher courses. 2022 will again pose some challenges but volunteers are an essential part of the MSWA team, and we thank you for your ongoing support. MALA PADMANATHAN VOLUNTEER AND CAMP COORDINATOR For more information on volunteering opportunities please contact Mala Padmanathan on 6454 3184 or email mala.padmanathan@mswa.org.au. 30

Last October was our first-ever Family Day Camp which ran across three fun-filled, activitycramped days. Generously funded by MSWA Readathon funds, the Camps gave families the opportunity to spend quality time together. Families tried their hand at Holey Moley indoor mini golf, The Escape Room in Fremantle, circus training and a relaxing morning at AQWA, amongst other things. The highlight for the kids, however, was Latitude at Joondalup – 3000 square metres of sheer bliss with interconnected trampolines, rock climbing, bouldering walls as well as an eight metre high obstacle course with views of the entire floor! Time for more good news. Our Lotterywest supported Camps are back on track and we are in the midst of confirming dates, venues, and accommodation. Our first Client Camp and Carer Retreat will be in March and April respectively: Check in: Sunday, 27 March Woodman Client Camp Check out: Wednesday, 30 March Point Deadline for registration is 25 February Check in: Monday, 11 April Fairbridge Carer Retreat Check out: Thursday, 14 April Village, Deadline for registration is 25 February Pinjarra More are scheduled for the second half of the year, including a second Client Camp and Carer Camp, as well as the Family and Southwest Camps. If you would like to attend the upcoming camps, please email your expressions of interest to mala.padmanathan@mswa.org.au specifying which camp/s you are interested in attending. You can also contact me on 6454 3184. MALA PADMANATHAN VOLUNTEER AND CAMP COORDINATOR 31