Silver Chain volunteer uplifts community spirit

National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to celebrate the efforts of our hardworking volunteers such as Michael Newman, who spends three days a week as a volunteer transport driver and community connections volunteer.

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The grandfather signed up to volunteer at Silver Chain after retiring from the police force, and is well known as the all-rounder who brightens everyone’s day.

“When I retired, I knew I still had so much to give. The feeling you get when you volunteer is a sense of pure happiness,” Michael said.

“I feel as though I am making a difference in the community, and it makes me so proud.”

“I love engaging with the clients. Many of them only have social interaction at the social centre, so when I see them and chat, their faces light up and it lights up my life,” added Michael.

Claire Lawrie, Volunteer Team Leader said Michael is known at Everglades Social Centre as an inspiring man with a heart of gold.

“Michael is the spirit of volunteering and our clients love being around him. He makes everyone feel so special.”

For more information about volunteering opportunities at Silver Chain Group, see volunteer with us.

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We are a not-for-profit organisation delivering community health and care services across Australia. We help people of all ages to receive the care they need to remain happy and healthy at home.

We have a proud history of serving Australians for over 110 years in Western Australia and more than 120 years as RDNS in South Australia. We currently deliver our services in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

With over 4,000 staff and 130 volunteers, we assist more than 100,000 people to remain living in their homes and community every year.

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