BASS Coast Health (BCH) has paid tribute to volunteers across the organisation this week as part of National Volunteer Week (May 18-24).

BCH has close to 300 volunteers who serve in a variety of roles; they attend governance and quality meetings; they drive patients to and from medical appointments; deliver Meals on Wheels; deliver magazines to patients at Wonthaggi Hospital; provide Pastoral Care support to inpatients; and support staff and patients in a myriad of ways.

The week is held by Volunteering Australia and this year’s theme is ‘Changing Communities. Changing Lives’, in recognition of how volunteers are enriching their communities for the better.

To acknowledge volunteers, BCH is publishing an online video each day during National Volunteer Week with staff who interact with volunteers giving a personal wish of appreciation.

BCH CEO Jan Child said volunteers ensured BCH’s services and staff were very well supported.

“We have missed you terribly as we have prepared for the COVID pandemic. Not just the huge contribution you make in your areas to our patients and our staff, but we have also missed your smile, and your chats, and your input and feedback into our day-to-day services.

“Your contribution has left a huge gap in our service and we can’t wait to get things organised so that we can have you all back as part of our new business as usual,” she said.

“You play a really important role in making Bass Coast Health a better place.”

BCH’s volunteers coordinator Mandy Gilcrist also wished the wonderful volunteers a “happy Volunteer Week”.

“I also want to really thank you all for your amazing support over the past years but importantly over the last eight weeks – your very kind words and encouragement, your consideration and your understanding has been very special to us all,” she said.

“We are now working hard to put in place some new volunteer procedures to make sure those of you who want to come back can do so safely, in our new COVID world. We can’t wait to have you as part of our on-site team once again.”

To find out how you can volunteer at BCH, visit their website.