“Volunteering is a real privilege – I get more than I give”

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Jessica, a Dementia Australia volunteer

A team of passionate and dedicated volunteers play an important role in helping Dementia Australia provide the support and services that we do.

Volunteers assist us to run events, raise funds, deliver local programs and build awareness in the community about dementia. 

Two of our volunteers, Pam and Jess, share their reasons for volunteering.

 

Connection and communication

For Pam, who retired from nursing after 43 years, volunteering at Dementia Australia’s Perth Memory Lane Café provides the connection and communication she got when she was in the workforce.

“The responses I have heard from those who attend Memory Lane Café are very touching and make you realise your small role as a volunteer can have such a positive impact on people’s lives,” Pam said.

She described volunteering as a real privilege.

“People allow you into their lives sharing their very personal experiences and stories with you,” Pam said. “You meet people from all different walks of life, you learn and grow as a person.

“As a volunteer I feel great gratitude from those I connect with and I sometimes feel that I get more from the experience than I give.

“I highly recommend volunteering. It’s a fulfilling role where you meet people, have fun, learn lots and assist others.”

 

Giving back to a cause close to home

For Jess, whose father is living with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, volunteering is a way to give back.

“I realised how underfunded dementia research was and how much Dementia Australia was doing towards it as well as supporting families, so I wanted to give back in a similar way,” Jess said.

Since 2020 she has volunteered at nine Memory Walk & Jog events.  

“It’s a good fun atmosphere and an easy way to volunteer,” Jess said. “You’re out in the community, you get to cheer people on and meet people from all walks of life.

“I really enjoy riding the course and chatting to participants about what brings them down to the event.

“In some respects, it’s also been really helpful for me as lots of people who come to the events also have living experiences with relatives, so being able to get tips and ideas from them has been beneficial for our own journey.”

 

Why volunteer with Dementia Australia

There are many benefits of volunteering with us. You will:

  • Be involved with the peak body for dementia
  • Develop new skills and gain new experiences
  • Make new friends and be part of a team
  • Feel a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction
  • Gain a better understanding of dementia and the help available
  • Help us to achieve our vision.

You can choose what you get involved in, how often and at a location that suits you.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please get in touch with our volunteering team at [email protected] or visit dementia.org.au/volunteering

To volunteer for Memory Walk & Jog visit: memorywalk.com.au/volunteer