Our Volunteer Program

Volunteers are an essential part of the lives of our care recipients and clients. Wherever possible, the skills and interests of Volunteers are matched with care recipients and clients, where they can work together on meaningful tasks.

Volunteers must be aware of the limitations of their role and must not perform tasks that they do not have training or skills / experience in.  For example, you will not be asked to provide personal care, such as changing continence pads. Our Lifestyle Manager will provide guidance and support related to appropriate tasks.

Volunteers for Community Care assist with providing support to people in the Russian Community. The centre hosts many programs, and runs a CHSP service.

Below is a list of roles and positions that may be available. If you would like to Volunteer in a different capacity, please do not hesitate to be in contact with us to discuss this further.

Requirements

Training

All Volunteers are required to complete Annual Manual Training and Education. This could be in addition to your Volunteer Position hours.

Reimbursement

Reimbursement for approved out-of-pocket expenses will be made promptly upon receipt of a completed Out-of-Pocket Expenses Claim form.

Requirements

Police Check Certificate by Victoria Police or Australian Federal Police Only – Note: No other agency checks such as CrimCheck or Intercheck will be accepted.

Volunteer Positions

Reading Assistants

Position Description:

Kronstadt Gardens Aged Care Facility is looking for Volunteers that can read and speak English; Russian, Serbian and Polish to our much loved Resident’s in either a small group session or one on one in Resident’s rooms who may not be able to attend group sessions.

It could be reading the Newspaper, Poems, Short Stories or a novel over several days/weeks.

Time Required:

1.5 hours daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly at a time and day that best suits you and the needs of our Resident’s.

 

Sewing Assistant

Position Description:

Every fortnight Kronstadt Gardens Aged care Facilities Lifestyle Program holds a regular Assisted Sewing Session for our much loved Resident’s to engage them and keep them active through the love of Sewing and Knitting.

We would like to hear from interested Volunteers that can spare 1.5 hours a fortnight in coming along and join our Lifestyle staff with Assisting Resident’s with this activity.

Time Required:

1.5 Hours per fortnight on a Wednesday from 3.15 pm

Papercraft Facilitator or Assistant

Position Description:

Kronstadt Gardens Aged Care Facility has an extensive Lifestyle Program and as part of this program each fortnight a Paper Craft session is held for our much loved Resident’s.

We are looking for Volunteers to offer 1.5 hours per fortnight in either Facilitating or Assisting existing Lifestyle Staff in a Paper Craft Group Activity every second Thursday.

Time Required:

1.5 hours every fortnight on Thursday’s

Craft Assistant

Position Description:

Lifestyle Craft Sessions are an important part of our Lifestyle Program which our much loved Resident’s thoroughly enjoy and look forward to every month.

Activities vary and we would love to hear from Volunteers who enjoy craft, have a skill and ability with craft that they may be able to teach to our Resident’s and are able to assist our Lifestyle Staff during a monthly craft session.

You will be working with trained Lifestyle Staff on a one on one basis with our Resident’s that attend these sessions.

Time Required:

2 hours per month. 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month

Games Facilitator or Assistant

Position Description:

Kronstadt Gardens Aged Care Facility has an extensive Lifestyle Program that holds daily activities to entertain our much loved Resident’s.

We are looking for interested Volunteers who would like to either Assist our current Lifestyle Staff or run their own Small Group Game Session.

Games that are played involve a variety of Resident’s requiring different levels of assistance involving cognitive style games. Sessions are held every Friday starting at 3.15 pm.

Time Required:

1.5 hours per week every Friday starting at 3.15 pm.

Wheelchair Escorts & Social Interactions

Position Description:

Kronstadt Garden’s Aged Care Facility prides itself on its vast array of gardens and landscaping and we are looking for interested Volunteers who would enjoy spending some time walking around the facility or on a street walk whilst taking one of our wheelchair bound Resident’s out for some social interactive time.

A quiet walk or a bit of a chat which could be through the gardens of the facility or down the street to the local milk bar or across the road to the local Orthodox Church is what our Resident’s enjoy the most and if you think this suits you then we would love to hear from you.

Time Required:

1 – 2 hours a week, 7 days a week on a day and time that best suits you and the needs of our Resident’s

Special Occasion Assistant

Position Description:

Kronstadt Gardens Aged Care Facility runs an extensive Lifestyle Program and we are looking for Volunteers that may not be able to commit to a regular volunteering position but would rather prefer to be “on-call” or help out for special occasions such as Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, other Cultural and Special Occasion Days or even to come in and help wrap some Birthday or Christmas Gifts.

This could also include arranging and updating the Lifestyle Information Boards and replacing all Resident and event pictures that are displayed throughout the facility twice a year.

Your commitment could be for a few hours for these occasions to a “block” of days/times that you may have free each month or year.

Time Required:

Negotiable

Shopping Assistant to Dandenong Plaza/Market

Position Description:

Kronstadt Gardens Aged Care Facility assists by taking out our Resident’s on a weekly basis so they can conduct their personal shopping needs to Dandenong Plaza.

If you enjoy shopping and would be interested in assisting our Resident’s on these regular outings along with our Staff that attend with them to Dandenong Plaza and stores such as Coles, K Mart, Target, Fruit Shop and Delicatessen then we would love to hear from you.

Time Required:

Every Tuesday 1.00 pm – 3.30pm

Friendly Visitor Program

Position Description:

Kronstadt Gardens Aged Care Facility is an 72 bed facility that caters to the Russian and Slavic Communities but is also home to over 22 other nationalities and we are looking for interested Volunteers that enjoy a chat, listening to the stories and life experiences of our much loved Resident’s through our Friendly Visiting Program.

Kronstadt Gardens has an extensively beautiful garden and grounds that include a Gazebo and our Resident’s love nothing more than a stroll or sit in the Gazebo with someone to chat to or as mentioned, just someone to listen to them talk.

Time Required:

This is open to negotiation as to hours and days however we do ask that you commit to a period of no less than 1 year

Southern Unit Helper

Position Description:

Kronstadt Gardens Aged Care Facility is an 72 bed facility with an 11 bed Dementia Specific Unit known as our South Wing. This modern, fresh unit is home to 11 of our much loved Resident’s and we are looking for bright and bubbly Volunteers who would love to interact and bring a smile to the faces of some very special people.

You would be required to assist our current Lifestyle and Clinical in the South Wing with Garden Walks, Chats, Sensory Activities, Picture Chats, Easy Games and Puzzles and General Social and Companionship with these Resident’s.

We are looking for Volunteers that can help out daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly from 10.30 am – 12 noon, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm, or from 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm. Both times and days can be negotiated and worked out prior to commencement and can be varied depending on your own changing commitments or those of our Resident’s.

 Time Required:

Times and days can be flexible

Coffee Shop Outing Assistant

Position Description:

Every Tuesday some of our Resident’s enjoy an outing out to a local cafe or coffee shop for a social chat and cuppa.

We would love to hear from interested Volunteers who might like to go along and assist with this social activity whilst enjoying a cuppa whilst talking and offering companionship with our much loved Resident’s.

Time Required:

One Tuesday of your choice per month from 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Cooking Assistant

Position Description:

As part of Kronstadt Gardens extensive Lifestyle Program regular cooking sessions are held with the Resident’s as part of sensory stimulation where delights such as Pancakes, Toasted Sandwiches, French Toast and other Resident favourites are prepared and cooked for all to enjoy.

You will be required to assist with the preparation and cooking of these delights which are held every Thursday. Your time commitment is for 1.5 hours and can be either from 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm or from 3.15 pm – 4.45 pm depending on what best suits you. Again you can choose to attend every week or once or twice a month. This will be worked out with you as part of your commitment.

Time Required:

1.5 hours per week on Thursdays at a time and amount of commitment that best suits your needs and the needs of the facility.

Happy Hour Assistant

Position Description: 

– Assist with cutting up cold meats, cheeses, cakes and other items which could include sandwiches at times onto platters for Happy Hour

– Assist Lifestyle staff with distribution of drinks and food from platters onto individual plates for Residents attending Happy Hour which may include interacting, talking and sitting with Residents.

Time Required:

1.00pm – 3.00pm every Monday

Outing's Assistant

Position Description:

Kronstadt Gardens Aged Care Facility has an extensive Activities Program which include a variety of events and activities each month for our much loved Resident’s.

One of these events is a regular monthly outing to either a Restaurant for Lunch, to the Beach or a Park or other Places of Interest including Berry Picking, Open Gardens or Cultural Events and this is where we would love to hear from you!

If you would be interested in coming along and assisting with one of these outings once a month for around 4 – 5 hours then please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us.

Time Required:

Once a month, 4 – 5 hours

Meal Chat Assistant

Position Description:

We are looking for Volunteers who have some spare time every day, week, fortnight or month to come in and assist Staff with meal times for our much loved Resident’s and who are able to sit down with them for some social chat during these times.

Having someone to talk to and interact with during these times often stimulates the Resident’s and encourages them to eat and maintain nutritional needs.

Times for Morning and Afternoon Teas and Supper are: 10.30 am, 2.30 pm and 6.45 pm

Meal Times are: 8.00 am – 9.00 am, 12 noon – 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Time Required:

Times and days can be flexible

Life Stories Project Assistant

Position Description:

Our much loved Resident’s come from an array of cultures and backgrounds all with their own Life Stories that can be often touching, confronting, funny, sad and inspiring and we are looking for a Volunteer who would love to talk with our Resident’s and listen to what they have to say, take notes and then turn their stories into individual printed words in the form of a booklet/book and or poster that will be displayed in their rooms and become part of a greater record and history of our Residents.

Kronstadt Gardens Aged Care Facility is predominately Russian and other Slavic housed Resident’s and therefore an ability to understand or speak these languages would be highly regarded.  

Time Required:

The time commitment for this project would be negotiated between both the Volunteer and Kronstadt Gardens with a firm time line worked out.

Happy Hour Entertainer

Position Description:

We are looking for people that have an ability to sing or dance, play an instrument, can act, tell jokes or stories, entertain and amuse our much loved Residents during Happy Hour celebrations every Monday for just half an hour.

An ability to understand or communicate in Russian, Serbian, Polish, and English would be an advantage but is not essential or required.

If you have a genuine talent or just likes to entertain and amuse older people then we would love to hear from you. The time commitment for this Volunteer Position is entirely up to you. You may choose to come along once a month or every week.

Time Required:

3.00 pm – 3.30 pm Monday’s