National Volunteer Week is held in May each year and acknowledges the generous contribution of volunteers nationally. Suncare has more than 200 volunteers helping the aged community, so this month we met Sally Dickinson, volunteer at the Maroochydore Community Centre to hear how she got involved.
Sally grew up in rural South West England enjoying many activities including ballet, Brownies, horse riding and Guides before joining youth clubs and attending local dances.
“I met my husband at the local village pub and emigrated to Australia in 1979. We spent the next 32 years fruit picking around Australia, interspersed with visits home to family.
In 2011 my husband retired after having a hip replacement and we settled on the Sunshine Coast where we often broke up the long haul between our northern/southern seasons.
“I undertook my Certificate III in Aged Care as I have always had a great rapport with the older generation and did my course placement with Suncare at the Maroochydore Day Respite Centre. I immediately felt at home with the clients, fellow volunteers and staff. Being well-travelled helped, connecting with many clients who were not locals. Although at times my yokel accent caused a few problems and hilarious misunderstandings!
“I love watching sunrises and sunsets, gardening, reading, the beach and wandering through local national parks, as we are avid bird watchers and love photographing and filming our outings.
“Whether I am in the centre, with The Seekers or on outings with social support, I love to put a smile and some laughter in people’s day, let them know they are special and we really do care.”
We thank Sally and all the wonderful volunteers for their time and dedication to the Suncare community.
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