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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Winter 2022

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VOLUNTEERING, CAMPS & RECREATION VOLUNTEER UPDATE: NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2022: BETTER TOGETHER MSWA Volunteers play a vital part in supporting our staff and Clients through several different roles across the organisation, from Activity and Kitchen Assistants to dog walking and social support. At present, we have more than 30 regular, ongoing Volunteers working across our Outreach centres and high support accommodation facilities, as well as in Clients’ homes. These individuals are a valuable resource, providing many of our Clients the opportunities for one-to-one and group social interaction. Our Volunteers run art classes, organise nail spa treatments, assist with puzzle and board game challenges and sometimes compete alongside Clients in indoor bowling competitions, all in the name of fun and promoting social connections. We have eight Peer Support Volunteers in our Counselling team, who facilitate peer-run coffee groups, which provide critical connections and support for our Clients. Having gone through a comprehensive training program, these Volunteers are equipped with vital skills and knowledge to provide a safe space for others. They are at times, some of the first people newly diagnosed Clients reach out to for support. In addition, we also have numerous Volunteers who assist at our fundraising events, such as Step Up for MSWA and the Ocean Ride, with registrations, bib collection, refreshments as well as stair and road marshal duties. Our Volunteers work together with staff to ensure the days’ activities run smoothly. We therefore make it a point to tell our Volunteers how special they are whenever we can. This year’s National Volunteer Week (16 – 22 May) focused on the theme of ‘Better Together’, which aptly centres on the power of volunteering to bring people together, to build communities and to create a better society for everyone. We celebrated this year’s event with intimate celebrations at the Volunteers’ places of work. Some were greeted with a special morning tea, others with gifts and tokens of appreciation. From all of us at MSWA, thanks for being a part of our Team! MALA PADMANATHAN VOLUNTEER AND CAMP COORDINATOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT MSWA We currently have a number of opportunities to fill. If you, or someone you know, would like to be a part of the MSWA Volunteer Team, contact Mala Padmanathan, Volunteer and Camp Coordinator at 6454 3184 or Mala.Padmanathan@mswa.org.au Admin Assistant (3 positions): Rockingham, Kelmscott, Vasse Kitchen Assistant (2 positions): Wilson, Beechboro Activity Assistant (2 positions): City Beach, Albany Gardener (2 positions): City Beach, Beechboro 28

CAMPS UPDATE: CATCHING UP WITH OUR CARERS As you know, our Camps program has been limited since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions came into effect. In the spirit of being flexible and adaptable, we planned a couple of Carers Lunches in place of our usual Carers Camp, which had been planned for April. While these outings did not replace the Camp experience, they did offer the opportunity for Carers to catch up, enjoy each other’s company, make some new connections, and of course have some respite from their day-to-day routines. Carers Lunch: Bentley Pines Training Restaurant. The first lunch was a Fremantle Lunch Cruise, which was a unique experience for many of our Carers. This cruise from the Barrack Street Jetty to Fremantle and back, did not disappoint. The stunning views from on board the vessel were made even better with perfect weather and a delicious hot buffet. It was nice to see our Carers catching up and meeting new people after such a long break. Fremantle Lunch Cruise. The second lunch was a formal sitdown affair at the Bentley Pines Hospitality Training Restaurant. This award-winning restaurant at the South Metropolitan TAFE is a live, interactive training environment for students preparing for work in the hospitality industry. To the delight of our Carers, the four-course menu prepared by these future chefs was outstanding and the silver service was excellent. A definite winner with everyone MALA PADMANATHAN VOLUNTEER AND CAMP COORDINATOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: We are now accepting expressions of interest for our upcoming camps, however please be advised that as WA’s COVID numbers continue to fluctuate, there may be changes. Please email your name, contact details and the camp you would like to attend to: mala.padmanathan@mswa.org.au Carers Camps: To be hosted at Kilmolee at Safety Bay (12 – 15 September or 9 – 12 October 2022). Family Camp: Woodman Point (3 – 6 October 2022) Southwest Clients Camp: The Cove, Denmark (14 – 17 Nov 2022) 29

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