Volunteering 2015

Celebrating Our Volunteers 2015

8/12/2015 - Paloma Wraith, Volunteer Coordinator

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It has been another successful year for COTA SA and our volunteers. This year our 102 volunteers have contributed over 3000 hours to COTA SA, making a difference for older South Australians.

COTA SA Volunteers

COTA SA Volunteers

COTA SA Volunteers

COTA SA Volunteers

Our volunteers continue to contribute in a wide variety of ways - through delivering peer education sessions, data entry, in the booking office, undertaking Strength For Life site checks and representing COTA SA at external events, to name but a few. Their skill, boundless energy and commitment to making a difference is truly incredible and they bring an incredible richness to COTA SA.

This year has seen an exciting expansion of volunteer roles for COTA SA, including the development of our COTA SA Community Connectors team, the development of the Policy Council ‘Pods' and an opportunity for volunteers to have greater input into policy development and COTA SA external representation, and the creation of the Corporate Services Support Assistant - Reception Relief roles.

Volunteers have provided immense support to our program activities also.

The ‘Networking Clubs in the Community' Homeland Memories activity involved 18 seniors from Paradise Resthaven Community Services participating in an iPad activity supported by COTA SA volunteers. Each senior brought along a treasured object to share their story. Seniors then learnt how to use the iPad Camera and Notes applications to record their story. Some wonderful personal treasures evoking memories and some unusual stories were displayed over afternoon tea.

The Step Forward - Together program brings together service providers and older adults to co-produce programs and services with a wellness focus through support from volunteers in a peer education approach. The peer educators will continue shaping this innovative program for the future.

We also acknowledge the role of COTA SA volunteer Peer Educators in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure funded Moving Right Along (MRA) program. The MRA program was a finalist recently in the Community Achievement Awards, which recognised the volunteers' input and skills as peer educators. Well done to Fiona and our peer educators on being nominated as a finalist in the awards. It was great to celebrate with the peer educators at the Community Achievement Awards. We appreciate the work of our volunteers every day at COTA SA, but we pause to celebrate them formally throughout the year.

Celebrating our Volunteers

During National Volunteers Week in May 2015, we celebrated with the theme of "Give Happy, Live Happy" and four COTA SA volunteers were presented with Recognition of Service awards.

The second opportunity to celebrate volunteers' achievements and say thank you formally was the Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Lunch held in the first week of December. Cholly Winter, a longstanding volunteer not only with COTA SA but with a number of other organisations, was presented with the Premier's Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding efforts and commitment to COTA SA and older South Australians. Congratulations Cholly.

Volunteering in 2016

COTA SA volunteers can look forward to an exciting 2016, contributing their skills and expertise in new ways, learning new skills, connecting, socialising and being involved with an organisation that makes a difference for older South Australians. COTA SA volunteers can really see how their contribution assists #ReframingAgeing and older South Australians within their community... make this a part of your story. Connect with the COTA SA community today!

If you're interested in getting involved, visit the Volunteering page on our website or email us for more information.