PDH Volunteers Brighten Lives

From Left: Huon Beauglehole-Volunteer, Chris Giles-CEO, Andrew Levings-Board Director & Jeanette Beauglehole-Volunteer
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Volunteers are an integral part of the service provided by Portland District Health.

Without volunteers PDH wouldn’t be able to offer many little extra comforts and supports to help people in hospital and in the community.

From driving people to medical appointments and delivering meals to supporting those in aged care and helping at events, volunteers provide excellent background help for patients, clients and staff.

Last Wednesday PDH hosted a barbecue to say thanks to all those volunteers, with Board members on cooking duties.

During the past financial year, 132 active volunteers contributed a total of 8656 hours or 721 hours each month.

CEO Chris Giles said volunteers were an integral part of PDH.

The role that volunteers play in PDH is vital for our patients, staff, clients and residents, Ms Giles said.

We love having volunteers and their contribution is highly valued by everyone.

Ms Giles said volunteers were part of the close connection PDH has with the local community.

Our volunteers brighten lives,” Ms Giles said. I know people are touched by their support.

Meals on Wheels is the biggest volunteer area, with more than 2800 hours contributed last financial year. Community transport also received more than 2000 hours of volunteer contributions, while Harbourside Lodge residents benefited from 1450 hours of support.

The ceremony recognised Alan Ford, Portland Bay School, Uniting Church Group, Dennis Hilder, and Kathleen Lewis for five years of service, Jeanette and Huon Beauglehole, Ken Bridgewater and Graeme Hayes for 10 years, Pat Barker, Judy Dolheguy, Linda Kenna, Jeff Klar, Ida Tevelein and Irene Vorwerk for 15 years, Heather Buckley, Josephene Simpson, Lodge of Memories, Portland Rotary Club Inc and Kevin Phillips for 20 years and Lyn Buchanan and Ellie Lane for 30 years.

Well done to all those who received service awards and many thanks to all the volunteers who provide many hours to our health service each year.

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