The moment you dedicate yourself to others you have space in your heart and mind.” Lama Thubten Yeshe
Since the beginning of Karuna, volunteers have played a significant role in our organisation’s success.
Over the past 12 months volunteers have given over 10,000 hours directly contributing to Karuna’s work in the office and the community. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of Karuna and are an essential and precious part of everything we do! They support us in many different ways.
Palliative Care Support Volunteers
Our trained and dedicated Palliative Care Support Volunteers work closely alongside our nurses visiting families at home, to provide companionship, practical assistance and respite to carers.
Volunteers may assist with small household tasks like shopping, running errands, walking dogs, washing the dishes or helping with the kids. They may take the client on an outing or just sit by the bed and spend precious time with them while the carer has a break.
**Our Palliative Care volunteers undertake an extensive application and training process before visiting families. Due to a large intake of volunteers in 2017, we may not offer this training again until late 2019 or in 2020
Office and Project Volunteers
We have a team of volunteers that help out in the office on a regular basis with all manners of tasks including general administration, reception, finance, marketing, fundraising, event planning, clinical audits, running errands, setting up for workshops and meetings, light housekeeping, maintenance, and other one off projects.
Volunteers help maintain the beautiful gardens here at Karuna – weeding, lawn care and the occasional working bee for mulching and other tasks.
Craft Group Volunteers
For over 15 years our dedicated craft group has been supporting Karuna’s fundraising events. The group meets each Thursday morning at Karuna House and works all year round making craft to be sold at our Christmas markets and Bridge Days (held in May and September). On average they raise $60,000 annually. Funds raised are used to provide ongoing care to our clients and their families.
The 2018 Christmas markets will be held on Friday, 30 November. The craft group would welcome any offerings of handmade Christmas craft and also Christmas baking for the event i.e. Christmas cakes, puddings, and treats. Please contact Verena on 3632 8300 for more information.
Our team of event volunteers may provide pre-event logistical support and/or be on hand at our fundraising events at Karuna. Some may also represent Karuna at community events including festivals, expos and community forums. They pass on information about the services we provide and often lend a caring ear to those who wish to share their experiences.
With limited staffing resources this additional support is vital for the continuation of the services we provide.
Whilst we currently do not have office or gardening vacancies available, we are always interested in speaking to people who wish to offer to assist us. To register your interest to hear more about any of our volunteer opportunities or to tell us about the skills you have that we might be able to utilise for our one off projects, please click here