Community Engagement

There are a number of enriching and rewarding ways in which you can be involved with Lyndoch Living, with both individual and group volunteering options.

Volunteering

Volunteers help to enrich the lifestyle of Lyndoch’s residents and clients by providing a variety of activities, experiences and companionship.

Whether you are a season volunteer or looking for your first volunteering experience, Lyndoch Living provides support to all volunteers through our comprehensive orientation program and ongoing training opportunities.

Volunteers needn’t have any special skills or talents, however we require they are enthusiastic, patient and reliable, enjoy contact with people in varying levels of health, follow the Lyndoch Living policies and attend training and orientation sessions, and have a police check.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and skills at Lyndoch Living please contact us directly.

Speaking to any of our volunteers you quickly discover just how much they contribute to the community and find it a genuinely rewarding experience.

Some of our volunteers talk about why they chose to be part of Lyndoch Living.

“Simply reading to a resident can really stimulate conversation, and bringing in any new or different things for them to look at always gets a great reaction. We used to be farmers and have never done anything like this before – you get enormous satisfaction from it.”
Colin – Lake Lodge Nursing Home and Men’s Group Volunteer

“When I first started, I didn’t know how I was going to contribute, but I quickly found my place at Lyndoch Living. I love when the clients ask – when are you coming back?”
Beth – Day Centre Volunteer

“My wife and I spent two years travelling around Australia.  When I bring in photos or the map of our touring route I’m guaranteed to spark memories and conversation with the residents. I reckon I get more out of it than they do.”
Charlie – KT Swinton Hostel Volunteer

“After coming to visit Mum during her time at Lyndoch, I soon discovered I had a lot to offer the other residents. Now I come in and play old time records – it’s great to see them really get into it, clapping their hands and tapping their feet.”
Robert – Audrey Prider Centre Volunteer

 
Schools Program

Throughout history, Lyndoch Living has encouraged associations with the southwest district’s many schools. Students, residents and clients have participated in a number of activities either at Lyndoch or at the schools facilities.

Recently a more structured approach has been introduced, with the Grand Buddies Project.

The Grand Buddies Project is a way of encouraging interaction between students and our residents and clients through a range of classroom led topics, inspiring students to develop positive attitudes toward older people and aging in general.

For more information about school involvement, or the Grand Buddies Project, please contact us directly at Lyndoch Living.

Emmanuel College Year 11 Health Class Visits

As part of the Year 11 Emmanuel College students’ health curriculum, they were interested in gaining a deeper understanding of later stage adulthood, in particular physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.  To help foster their education residents of the KT Swinton and Riverside Hostels hosted the students for an afternoon of intergenerational learning.

Outcomes of these sessions sat well outside expectation, with noted attitudinal changes shown from both generations. The elderly residents commented on the exemplary conduct of the Emmanuel College students, challenging the strong assumptions they had previously held about the ‘youth of today’ and their lack of manners and respect for seniors.

The students’ were just as surprised, commenting on how much they had enjoyed the visit, and learnt many unexpected aspects about the older generation. A couple of students in particular were anxious about entering the care environment at first, however by the end of their session they were asking about coming back in their ‘own time’ for future visits.

Allansford Primary School, Merrivale Primary School and Kings College Visions for Australia Day

Lyndoch Living lifestyle staff led the activities, attended by our residents and clients, and the students that were wrapped up with a traditional Aussie barbeque to discuss the day’s outcomes with new friends.

Participants discussed what it means to be Australian and identified what we do and say that makes Australians unique. Through these discussions, everyone involved illustrated their thoughts on paper that was later sewn together to create a line of bunting.

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“We are very grateful for the professionalism and care the staff have shown” Family of Living@Home clients

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“We would like to acknowledge the fantastic support shown to this lovely couple by the Living@Home team and the flexibility and understanding of their care needs” Family Member of Living@Home client

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“The lady you sent over yesterday was delightful, and even made Mum a hot lemon drink and put her to bed” Leanne (daughter of Living@Home client)

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“What a wonderful job Trish and Liz do, we are so happy with the care they provide” Family Members of Living@Home clients

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“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch Living@Home team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role” Michelle (Living@Home client)

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“A very big thank you to the wonderful staff who came into our home and cared for my husband.  This respite break made a very difficult situation more tolerable and gave me something to look forward to” Christine (Living@Home client)

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“Geraldine is the about the best cleaner I’ve ever had!” Maurice  (Living@Home client)

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“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands.  I could not ask for anyone better” Joan (Living@Home client)

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“I’ve always been a busy, practical person and I’m still a busy person – I’m still able to very involved in the community, especially the Speedway. I’m a busy bloke!” “I get spoilt rotten here! I really get cared for.” Steve (Swinton East)

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“One of the lovely nurses had a great idea and planted out a raised bed with tomatoes and other plants and I enjoy getting out there and doing some work in the garden, collecting the produce.” “The staff are very, very nice. They greet you with a smile and do things very well.“ “I really enjoy the school kids visiting, and I’m amazed at the quality of the kids, they’re all so nice!” John (Lake Lodge)

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“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff” Margaret (Lake Lodge)

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“I’ve made friends here that I wouldn’t have been able to meet living by myself at home. It’s like an extension of your family” “The staff are absolutely fantastic here, nothing is ever a problem for them. Right through to the maintenance men, the cleaners and gardeners and staff at the kiosk, they’re all obliging and always greet you with a smile” “At Lyndoch I get comfort, care and conversation, add a bit of fresh air and that’s exactly what you need in life” Lynette (Swinton East)