Thanks for help with volunteers

A SMALL band of volunteers makes a big difference at Rockhampton Hospital.

November 5 is International Volunteer Managers Day, which is an opportunity to recognise volunteer co-ordinator Leanne Law and the wonderful work she does co-ordinating these generous community members.

Leanne loves her job, saying the hospital volunteers are wonderful, generous and caring people.

“We are about to celebrate the second year of volunteering at Rockhampton Hospital, and the service has expanded this year to nursing homes Eventide and North Rockhampton Nursing Centre,” she said.

Leanne is kept busy recruiting, training and supporting the band of volunteers.

She has a group of 10 volunteers ready to start at the new Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service in Yeppoon when it opens.

Each volunteer goes through an application and training process and is placed in an area to best suit skills and life experience.

They can help with providing directions, general information, companionship and smiles when they are needed and appreciated most.

“Volunteers need good communication skills, patience, compassion and a bright outlook on life,” Leanne said.

Chris Mummery, acting executive director of Rockhampton Hospital, paid tribute to the volunteers and Leanne for their continued support of staff, patients and visitors.

“Universally, people recognise the contribution of volunteers in many walks of life, but these services don’t just happen,” Ms Mummery said. “They require co-ordination, support, training, administration and recruitment.

“This is where Leanne steps in and makes the service what it is. International Volunteer Managers Day is the perfect opportunity to thank Leanne publicly and let her know we appreciate the difference she makes every day.”

If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer for Queensland Health, call Leanne on 4920 6218, or email Leanne_Law@ health.qld.gov.au.



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