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Volunteer Spotlight: Penny

I became aware of Youngcare when working at Flight Centre.  They were asking for helpers for a Youngcare event and I volunteered. I did not know much about the organisation, but once at the event, I learnt a lot more about what Youngcare was all about. I really thought it was a cause that deserved to be known and talked about.

I imagined how I would feel being forced into an aged care facility due to high care needs.  I thought ‘Why has there been no government support for this’? I could only imagine not having an opportunity to interact with people my own age on a regular basis. It would really affect your way of life and happiness.  So I decided I really wanted to help bring about more knowledge on the organisation to the general public and volunteering is the best way to do that.

I have been volunteering over the last 7 years and find it very rewarding. I have met some of the young adults who have been affected with placement in aged care facilities and changed to Youngcare housing. Seeing and hearing how happy they are and how they love interacting with each other is worth everything! They have so many things to contend with, that to make life a little easier and enjoyable should be a priority.

The events that Youngcare run are fantastic.  They are well planned with plenty of volunteers, fun to work at and give an opportunity to spread information about the organisation to a diverse groups of people. Each year I love volunteering for Xmas present wrapping. I have worked at Rugby Tens luncheons. I have assisted at a sausage sizzle for a family public holiday. Most recently I have also taken photos at Oktoberfest for people from 6 to 80 years old, all asking about Youngcare.

I will continue volunteering my time to this commendable cause.  If by my participation even one  more person is able to find a better way of life, it is worth it!!

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