Hear Margaret talk about volunteering for UCWB
For Margaret, volunteering for UnitingCare Wesley Bowden’s (UCWB) Community Links program gives her a chance to give something back to the community.
A couple of times a week Margaret comes into UCWB in Bowden and makes about 15 to 20 telephone calls to socially isolated, mostly elderly, people in the community.
“We just talk, see how things are going, see how they are and maybe tell them a joke or two to make them happy. I’m hoping I can leave them with some happy thoughts because I’m a silly chook!” Margaret says.
“I just like making people happy if I can do it, I do it.
UCWB has more than 100 isolated and lonely people in the community who welcome a once or twice a week phone call for a natter with a friendly voice.
“When I get to meet people that I’ve been speaking to over the years it’s wonderful, it’s the best job ever, this one, I love it. I’ll never stop till I drop I don’t think.” Margaret
“If they’ve got issues they usually have a chat to me and if it’s something that’s reflected in my life in some way I talk to them again about that sort of stuff as well,” Margaret says.
“I try to be understanding of their issues and they’re pretty good to me, they give me lots of ideas about lots of things!
“I like volunteering because it just gives me a sense of helping other people and I know in the future it will be something I’ll probably need myself, so I like to put it in while I can.”
The Telephone Club involves about 17 volunteers, some of them aged care residents who are in their 90s, who make more than 100 phone calls a week to keep people connected to their community.
“I’ve done lots of volunteering in different shapes and forms but this is the most important,” Margaret says.
“When I get to meet people that I’ve been speaking to over the years it’s wonderful it’s the best ever job ever, this one, I love it, I’ll never stop till I drop I don’t think.”