Volunteering Activity Ideas for Seniors & the ElderlyVolunteers are an invaluable resource at many care facilities. Here are some resources to help you manage and support volunteers.
It takes a lot of dedicated help to serve your Activities department, and your residents, well. Here are a few ideas for expressing your appreciation for their efforts
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Effective communication is key to improving volunteer retention and satisfaction. Create your own communication framework to make the most of your volunteer program!
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Employee recognition is all about acknowledging the dedication and hard work of individuals and teams. It's about making people feel appreciated and letting them know that without them you would be worse off.
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December 5 is dedicated to volunteers. Plan and invite volunteers for the annual special event in appreciation of their hard work. Breakfast or lunch or a High Tea; whatever suits your schedule.
When planning your program for a 'Volunteers Luncheon' you may encourage some residents to participate actively by reading a poem. Here are a few poems suitable to the occasion.
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I cannot emphasize enough the value of volunteers in aged care. To support and nurture them is of the utmost importance. Here is a sample of a handbook I've been using.
I hold this in December every year. We give our volunteers a mulled wine reception and a free raffle where everyone gets something nice.
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The idea of an award is to make the award recipient feel good; to make it his or her special day.
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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Organize residents and their relatives or residents and staff to read a poem for volunteers together.
Volunteers are an essential resource at many care facilities. The impact on those receiving their services cannot always be measured, but is often profound.
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A well-established Volunteer Program can be a priceless asset to any residential facility. The well-being of residents and staff is enhanced and enriched by people contributing their energy and talents to improve the lives of those in need.
It is important to support volunteers and show your appreciation. This is one of three certificate of appreciation you can download. The signatures at the bottom of the certicate are for the Manager and Recreation Therapist.
Whether you are having a luncheon or a morning tea in honour of your volunteers, show them how appreciated they are by one and all at your facility.
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Here is a sample speech you can use to address volunteers and recognize their contribution to your community.
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All volunteers need to keep record of their hours. Here is a form that facilitates the process.
This is a sample application form for someone applying for a volunteers position.
Another sample application form for someone applying for a volunteers position.