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National Volunteer Week 2021

May 10, 2021
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older woman volunteer

Judy Thelning has dedicated an incredible 10 years of volunteering for Be, offering friendship, companionship, a welcoming smile and most importantly, an incredible contribution to the community. Judy is a of a special group of volunteers who have been a part of our organisation for a long time and play a vital role in delivering services. In fact, 27% of our volunteers have been with Be for five or more years. 

After working 22 years in the touring industry when Judy retired, she was keen to stay active and give back to the community. “I felt I wanted to offer my experience and services by giving back to people,” said Judy. 

Judy has taken on an event hosting volunteer role and accompanies clients to an array of social and wellbeing activities in the North Brisbane region. Part of her role is ensuring events run smoothly as well an ensuring clients feel included and enjoyable time. “My role is very enjoyable and rewarding. I meet so many amazing people, from clients to staff. I also feel my role gives me a great sense of importance and enables me to give my heart and soul to people that need it most,” said Judy. 

Like many of Be’s volunteers, Judy feels like she is making a genuine difference to the wellbeing of older adults by helping them stay socially connected to others and their community. “Watching a client come along to a social activity for the first time and meet new people and friendships blossom, particularly for people who may have not had many social connections is priceless,” Judy shared. 

Judy also values the personal connections she has been able to make through her volunteering journey saying the thing she loves most about volunteering is the people. “I’m so grateful for our incredible team of staff and all the wonderful clients I get to meet,” she said.   

Be’s North Brisbane Community Coordinator, Jane Szach said that Judy is wonderful asset to their local team sharing, “Judy is a kind and warm person offering wonderful friendship and support to our clients. She is a part of our local craft group as well as a volunteer accompanying clients to social events.” 

This National Volunteer Week Be wishes to thank all of our volunteers for their continued dedication to our community.

Volunteer with Be

Do you want to feel good and make a difference in your community? We are currently on the lookout for volunteers to help with our care and social services. Volunteering is flexible and starting is easy. Get in touch with us on 1300 785 227 or learn more about volunteering with Be.

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