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Boroondara Aged Services Society (BASS Care)
PH: 8809 4000

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Volunteer

The volunteer spirit formed the core of the development of Boroondara Aged Services Society. BASS Care, (then known as the Canterbury Centre), began with a Christmas party in 1956 organised by a committee of local people. These dedicated people from the Combined Christian churches perceived that there were many older members of the community who needed social support and, in some cases, assistance with meals and housing. The realisation of this vision was only possible due to the dedication and hard work of hundreds of volunteers.

Today, at BASS Care, volunteers still form an integral part of the organisation – over 260 dedicated volunteers work alongside paid staff to enhance the quality of the services we deliver to more than 1300 clients.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering gives people the opportunity to contribute to their local community and make a difference to others. Volunteering at BASS Care is now very much a collaboration of needs – the needs of our organization and our clients; and the needs and aspirations of potential volunteers.  Volunteering can give the potential volunteer the chance to:

  • Increase their connection to their local community and make new friends,
  • Learn more about their local community and the needs of the clients they are helping,
  • Gain satisfaction and rewards from using existing life or professional skills or the opportunity to develop new ones,
  • Be involved in identifying new ways to support clients and assist with program development.

 Our Volunteers currently assist with:

  • Providing meals support, social contact and monitoring through delivering Meals on Wheels,
  • Welcoming clients to our community dining rooms and serving meals,
  • Supporting a diverse activity program in residential aged care,
  • Accompanying clients on our organised day trips,
  • Participating in programs which enhance client well being e.g. One to one computer tutoring; Recording life stories; Strength training,
  • Assisting with programs at our specialised dementia day care centre – Maranoa House,
  • Helping at Faversham House Kiosk,
  • Being part of our Community Consultation Committee and undertaking vital community research into the needs of Boroondara’s older residents.

The list is endless and new ideas are always welcome!

How do I become a Volunteer for BASS Care?

If you have some spare time and would like to join our vibrant group of dedicated volunteers please see our Volunteer Opportunities for more information or contact Janet Crago, Co-ordinator of Volunteers at:

Canterbury Centre
2 Rochester Road
Canterbury 3126
Ph: 03 9880 4707
Fax: 9888 5776
email: j.crago@basscare.org.au

All new volunteers must undergo a screening process which involves an interview, police and reference check. We complete (and pick up the cost) of the police check. We also provide induction training, appropriate for the role.