Volunteers are a valuable resource in senior care. Acknowledging and appreciating their passion, skills and time generously donated  is very important.
Volunteers are a valuable resource in senior care. Acknowledging and appreciating their passion, skills and time generously donated is very important.

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Patricia 29th Mar 2018 Life Enrichment Director
We have an annual luncheon with beautiful placemats, centerpieces and table setting. We have piano music playing for 30 minutes while the volunteers are arriving and having hors d'oeuvres. Then while they eat lunch & dessert we have our board president thank them, our executive director say a few words and the Life Enrichment Director talks about all the different work volunteers have done and our goals for volunteers for the following year. Poems are sometimes read. This year we will do a slide show of our volunteers in action. Each leaves with a small gift of appreciation.
Talita 15th Apr 2016
Thanks for this extra info Astrid, this is a great resource!
Michelle 12th Apr 2016 Activities Coordinator
Here in the UK this year our week has been extended to incorporate the Queens 90th birthday. So our Volunteers "week" is 1st to the 12th June ending with our big Street party celebrating her majesties big day. I know our home will be decked in red white and blue that weekend I can assure you!
Talita 15th Apr 2016
Wow Michelle, an extra 5 days, how wonderful! Are you hosting your own street party? I'd love to hear how this works.
Astrid 12th Apr 2016 Lifestyle Co-ordinator
In Australia go to the following for resources and downloads to help celebrate National Volunteers week from 9 to 15 May for 2016. This is the website: http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw/ As the theme is "Give happy Live happy" we are going to decorate the dining room in bright colours and balloons, bunting and have a circus theme with a staff member (probably me) dress up in our clown costume or our facility's mascot costume. We have invited the volunteers and I have asked some of the elders to serve on the volunteers during the shared morning tea. We will use the certificates of appreciation that you can download and we used the invitation download too. There are smiley props to download, laminate and use during the event too.

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