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5 common misconceptions about volunteering

As the Volunteer Leader at Braeside Hospital, I talk to a lot of people who think they might like to volunteer but don’t know what’s involved. So I've put my myth-busting hat on to show that everyone – no matter age, skills or time commitments, can volunteer!

Some HammondCare volunteers last International Volunteers Day.

1. Don't you have to be retired to volunteer?

No way! HammondCare has volunteers ranging from aged 16 to 96! Our clients, patients, and residents love to meet young people as well as mature aged people. It doesn’t matter what your age is, you have a story to tell, and we want to hear it.

2. I thought you had to be great with people.

We recognise that not everyone has the gift of the gab, but maybe you’re a great listener. There are so many clients, patients and residents that would love to tell their story. And if that’s still a bit daunting you could always try one of our support roles like bus driving, administration and tonnes more.

3. I can’t commit to a regular time.

There are never enough hours in the day! We get it. At every site there is a Volunteer Leader who is committed to finding an activity to suit your availability. Don’t believe us? Just ask!

4. I don’t have the right skills.

You’ll be amazed at the variety of roles we have at our various sites. You may even be a little surprised. If there isn’t something that jumps out at you straight away, tell us about yourself and we’ll work with you to find your very own custom role. We believe that everyone has unique abilities and skills and we would love nothing more than to help you find something that you will love.

5. I’m scared I will say/do the wrong thing.

We provide two fantastic days of training that will equip you with everything you need to know about working in our facilities. This includes relating with our patients,clients and residents and specific training on dementia and other topics depending on what your role will be. Our staff are also committed to supporting you every step of the way. We won’t throw you in the deep end. We promise!

So, think you might be interested in volunteering?

We’d love you to get in touch! Contact Barry Costello (Head of Volunteer Services) on 02 8788 3090 or

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