Volunteer’s love of art inspires hands-on art studio at aged care facility

Christine first became involved in volunteering at Glenview during a promotional Seniors Week event four years ago and hasn’t looked back since.  During this time she has developed a strong connection with one of the residents, Angela, whom she discovered is a prominent artist and taught art in private schools in Sydney for many years.

“This has been a very strong link between us as I have always been passionate about art,” Christine said.

The two spend time together on regular outings into the community where they do sketching together and a lot of time, they simply enjoy talking about art.

Part of Christine’s volunteer role at Glenview has also involved setting up an area where residents have the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at drawing or painting or just to be an onlooker.

“This is challenging for me to see what the residents are able to produce, given that most of them have never drawn before and are convinced that they could never do it.  The terrific results prove the opposite. With persuasion, there have been many good examples of wonderful art and paintings that the residents have been able to create.

“This alone gives me such great satisfaction.”

Story supplied by Glenview Community Services, a valued Member and supporter of Volunteering Tasmania.   Glenview run volunteer befriending programs and endeavour to find common interests for the benefit of their volunteers and residents.  For more information about Glenview and the volunteer and community programs they run, please visit their website.  

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Statewide forum for the Community Services sector

Volunteering Tasmania is running a statewide Forum to provide professional development for staff and volunteers in the community services sector.

Attendees will participate in a variety of workshops and discussion panels to identify collaborations, connections and explore innovations and Apps in service delivery.

Funded by the Tasmanian Government under the Tasmanian HACC Program, the forum is aimed at Home and Community Care (HACC) and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) funded organisations, and all those working or volunteering in the Community Services Sector.

The heavily subsidised price of $22.50 per person includes lunch, refreshments and attendance at FOUR of the NINE workshops on offer.

In addition to the workshops, the Tasmanian Department of Health will provide an update on the future direction of the Tasmanian HACC Program; a representative from the Australian Government’s Department of Health will be a keynote speaker, and the day will finish with a panel discussion with selected speakers on Community Services Sector topics.

Attendees will be asked to choose four workshops from the below:

1. Council on the Ageing: Aged Care Royal Commission
What’s happening and how can people participate?
Presenter: Deb Lewis

2. Family Based Care: CHSP Fees (understanding fees, hardship and communication)
Presenter: Douglass Doherty

3. Launceston VFC Services: Engaging with clients under 65

4. Volunteering Tasmania: Engaging your consumer in volunteering activity
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Schimanski

5. CHSP Nutrition Service: Nutrition advice for your programs
Presenter: Antonella Jarvis

6. TasCOSS: Wellness
Presenter: Ally Smith

7. National Disability Services
Presenter: Will Kestin

8. Public Health Services: Aboriginal Cultural Respect in Tasmania’s mainstream health services
Presenters: Belinda Fenney-Walch and Liz Mahnken

9. Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania: Embedding cultural appropriate care in services to meet Aged Care Quality Standards
Presenters: Hannah Poon & Fiona Rees


The forum will run on Friday, 29th March, from 10am to 3pm, at the Australian Italian Club in Launceston.

More information and registration is through Eventbrite or via our Facebook event page.  Please note places are limited and tickets are non-refundable, however if you cannot attend for whatever reason you can nominate another delegate in your place on the day.   A copy of the flyer can be downloaded here.

Upon registration you will be contacted by Kate Crawford, Coordinator of Volunteer Projects, Volunteering Tasmania, to select your nominated workshops and to record any dietary requirements.

This service is supported by funding from the Tasmanian Government under the Tasmanian HACC Program.

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Editorial: Remarkable story unfolds at fire evacuation centre

THERE is a remarkable human story playing out at the bushfire evacuation centre at the Huonville Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC).

It’s a quiet story that ripples beneath the larger story of the bravery of the firefighters, the tireless efforts of the support workers, and the stoicism of the evacuees.

It’s a story about what connects us as human beings, our natural inclination to look out for each other. Crisis makes it visible but it is always there, this compassion we have for the people we share this place with. And that is what’s at the heart of volunteering.

The evacuation centre at the Huon Valley PCYC in Huonville, at the start of the unfolding emergency. Picture: MATHEW FARRELL

Walk into the PCYC and it looks like barely controlled chaos; there are people everywhere; there is a play centre and entertainment for kids, people gathering around the noticeboard to get the latest updates, services supporting those who have been displaced, and a very few quiet spots where those who have had a sleepless night can try to get some rest.

Many families have set up camp both inside the centre and in the grounds. At any one time there are 50 cats and 50 dogs being cared for as their owners need to keep their beloved pets close by. At another site at the Ranelagh showgrounds those who have had to evacuate livestock are staying to care for them.

Stay a while in the centre and you begin to notice the small acts of kindness. The local grandmother who takes a cup of tea to the woman sitting on her own. The “old hand” evacuees who’ve been there for five days greeting the new arrivals and showing them around.

Julie Groome of the Australian Red Cross outside the evacuation centre at Huonville. Picture: MATT THOMPSON

You’ll notice local people and businesses dropping in with food, drinks and ice creams as well as the essentials such as new underwear and earplugs. People appear to take the dogs out for a walk. Vets arrive and doctors and pharmacists are in attendance, kids (and adults) are entertained as people offer face painting, outdoor movies, games and activities.

Through the swirl of this activity there is another team at work; the evac centre volunteers. They are tidying, preparing food in the kitchen, restocking supplies, passing on information about fires and road closures, directing visitors and new arrivals, taking calls, handing out bedding and food and toiletries, and connecting people who need help with specialist support staff.

Over the past week this spontaneous village has found a kind of rhythm. You can feel the emotions ebb and flow with every report on the fires. Worry hangs heavily in the room. What the Huon Valley Council has created in this centre is not just a physically safe space but an emotionally safe space, for people who are at their most vulnerable.

Leona, 9, left, Noah, 5, and Kohen Gilliland, 10, watching a movie on the big screen outside the evacuation centre for the fire ravaged Huon Valley. Picture: MATT THOMPSON

There are about 600 people on site and there are 140 volunteers on a rotating roster. They have been vetted, inducted and they have specific jobs. They come mostly from Hobart and surrounds, and particularly from the Huon Valley.

The local football club alone has provided volunteers for nearly every shift. They are highly skilled volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators who have had to learn on the job and together have given many hundreds of hours.

It is a theme of natural disasters that people pay attention when the crisis is happening but tend to forget when the crisis has passed. Recovering from these fires will take a long time. Communities will need to deal with the damage and loss of property, the impact on jobs and families, the destruction to wildlife, and the beautiful, wild places we love that are no longer there.

Adam Lockwood, left, Jaymee Lockwood, Lochlan Barry, Leah Lockwood, all of Geeveston, reading donated books outside the evacuation centre. Picture: MATT THOMPSON

Recovery needs volunteers too. The fact that hundreds of people are turning up to help and many more have called wanting to know what they can do to help shows just how strong our communities are.

The volunteers at the Huonville PCYC are doing what many thousands more Tasmanians do every day in different ways; they are giving something of themselves, they are volunteering so that others may benefit. It may be simple; just sitting alongside someone, quietly listening to them. That is something we can all do.

Volunteering is a powerful act. It connects us to each other and makes our communities stronger.

Dr Lisa Schimanski is chief executive of Volunteering Tasmania, which has worked with Huon Valley Council to co-ordinate the volunteers at the evacuation centre.

There will be a need for volunteers in the weeks ahead. People can register their interest at https://register.emergencyvolunteering.com.au/ or through the Volunteering Tasmania website.



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