Jan/Feb 2020 Volunteer Newsletter

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BASScare would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your time and dedication volunteering with us. You truly make a world of difference in the lives of the local community accessing our services. BASScare Volunteers were chosen to be featured in the City of Boroondara Thank you message to all Volunteers in Boroondara. We are so proud that our Volunteers and volunteer program were showcased in this way.


Volunteers needed meals on wheels

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have some spare time on a regular basis? We have a vibrant group of dedicated volunteers and are grateful for their generous assistance but we are always looking for more help.

Our Volunteers are involved in many activities including, delivering Meals on Wheels; providing companionship; accompanying clients on our organised day trips; providing transport; offering friendship; participating in programs that enhance the well being of our clients. We are also very open to you suggesting how you may like to contribute to our programs if you have a specific skill or area of interest to share.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of our volunteering opportunities at BASScare please contact Debbie Hall, Coordinator of Volunteers on 03 8809 0010.

Alternatively you may complete this form and we will contact you.

We are in urgent need of volunteers to join our existing volunteers in these roles:

Meals on Wheels Driver

Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays

Our Meals on Wheels Driver will deliver a nutritious meal to the older community living in Balwyn North and surrounding suburbs to further help them remain independent, reduce loneliness and provide a welfare check. Read More

Pottery Class Volunteer

Thursday 1.30 PM - 4.30 PMWeekly

Volunteer in a creative and supportive role in our Pottery class. The volunteer will assist the Pottery Teacher with a variety of tasks. Be prepared to get your hands dirty, learn how to use clay, share stories and enjoy the company of wise elders! Read More

Exercise Assistants


Do you enjoy exercise and making a difference in other people's lives? We run Exercise Classes four days per week and our Exercise Assistant roles are available for short and long programs that are run during the year across 3 locations. Emergency and fill in roles are also available during the year. As this is a popular volunteering activity, we also maintain a waiting list so please enquire if interested. Read More

Skills & Hobbies to Share?


We value the experiences, skills and knowledge of our Volunteers and are curious to find individuals wanting to share their special hobby or skill with our residents. This role would suit anyone wanting to volunteer and work alongside or teach older people living in residential aged care. Read More

Bread Collection & Delivery

Monday 6.15PMMonthly

Live local to Canterbury? Are you a learner driver needing to up your hours? or just want a short volunteer role once a month to keep you active? We are after a Bread Collector Volunteer! The volunteer will attend a local bakery to collect unsold bread and rolls and drop off at our centre for BASScare to redistribute to our Meals on Wheels clients. Read More

Happy Hour Volunteer

Thursday or Friday 1.30-3.30 PMWeekly

Do you enjoy hosting drinks and are happy to lend our staff a hand? We need helpers for happy hour and larger events eg: garden parties and yearly events at Faversham House. Provide residents with a smiling face, good conversation and some bubbly. Provide staff with a helping hand and support. Read More

Dining Room Volunteer

Wednesday 12.15-1.15PMWeekly

Engage and help serve our clients a 3 course lunch. If you love a chat and serving people (without the cooking), this could be the role for you. The role includes: setting tables, greeting clients, taking orders, serving and clearing up meals whilst engaging in conversation and you can leave the dishes to us. Read More

BINGO! Volunteer

Tuesday 1.00-3.00 PMWeekly

BINGO! Are you loud, energetic & can get a crowd excited? We need your help to call out the Bingo numbers. Why not have a little fun with our residents and get them engaged in this social activity. Read More

Carers Support Group Volunteer

Fourth Monday 11.00-3.00 PMMonthly

Assist in the dining room with set up and pack up for our Carers Support Group. Carers Support offers time out for those caring for individuals living with Dementia which is an extremely complex disease. This monthly meet up allows carers to discuss concerns, take time out for themselves and to catch up with like minded individuals. You will provide support through listening and assist in the dining room with meal serving and conversation. Read More

Brain Games Researchers & Hosts

Mondays 12.30-3.15Weekly

Do you have a keen interest in trivia and general knowledge? OR Have you always wanted to host your own game show?  This is an opportunity to connect and enhance the quality of life of our older clients who are wishing to stay engaged and active.  You will need to be available Monday afternoons. Read More

Dementia Day Outing Assistant

Thursday 9.30am - 3.30pmWeekly

Do you have great communication skills and a desire to committing to providing those living with dementia a fun and supportive day out? We are looking for support for our Dementia Day Outings. You will need to assist clients on and off the bus, assist with lunch and provide social support also. Read More

Dementia Respite Program Assistant

Thursday 10.00-2.00 PMWeekly

Encouraging the clients to be as independent as possible in an activities based day. Playing games, completing quizzes, having a sing-a-long and more. The volunteer's main role is to provide social support and assist with preparation and clean up. Read More

Learn, Laugh, Lunch Volunteer

Wednesday 9.30am-3.30pmFlexible

Learn, Laugh, Lunch is a respite service offered for our clients and their carers. The volunteer will assist BASScare to provide social support and elder care. Read More

Bilingual Volunteer Visitors

As agreed upon

Are you bilingual or multilingual? This role provides you with an opportunity to socialise with an elder resident and converse in their natural language. Regular visits can be over a cup of tea or coffee, during a walk in the fresh air or whilst you are participating in a puzzle, game or craft activity. Read More

Volunteer Bus Jockey-Day Outing Program

Monday, Thursday or Friday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Assisting the mini bus driver with directions. Assisting elderly clients on and off the bus. Provide social interaction and support on their day outing. Read More

Volunteer Visitors

Mondays 9.00am - 10.30amWeekly

Become one of our Volunteer Visitors and we will pair you with a resident that you can meet regularly for a bit of a chat over tea or coffee, a walk in the fresh air, or enjoy working on puzzles, games or craft activities together. You can make a positive impact in a residents life by providing them with the opportunity to socialize with new people and develop friendship. Read More

Volunteer Gardeners Melbourne

Any day, any time.

Basscare requires volunteers to assist residents with gardening. Are you friendly and outgoing, have some general garden knowledge and would like to work outdoors assisting the residents to look after their garden? Read More