Volunteer forges unique friendship
On Thursday 5 December, Silver Chain Group celebrated International Volunteers Day, a day which acknowledges the contribution volunteers worldwide make to society.
Our 400 volunteers make a play a significant part in the care that our organisation delivers to thousands of Australians every day.
Twenty-five-year-old Taylor Moon is one of our dedicated Community Connections volunteers. The Program helps connect lonely and isolated people who may otherwise not be able to continue living independently in their homes.
Taylor is grateful for the relationship he has forged with Silver Chain client Barry.
“When I was first told I’d be in the company of a 93-year-old, I was a little taken back at first,” Taylor said. “However, as soon as I met Barry, we seemed to get along great, regardless of the disparity between our ages.”
Volunteer Taylor (L) and Silver Chain client Barry
After losing his wife three years ago, an admittedly lonely Barry looks forward to Taylor’s visits.
“It is comforting and a resilient experience to receive a voluntary and mutually happy visit from Taylor,” the 93-year-old said.
The pair spend their days together reminiscing on Barry’s life as a teacher and watching documentaries.
“The stories he has told me are all so moving, learning about his time as a teacher which he regards as the ‘best days of his life’, as well as the time he spent with his three sons and his wife,” Taylor said.
“Ninety-three years is a very long time to experience life, and I have so much respect for Barry and how much he did for his family and the countless generations of children he taught before he retired.”
It takes a special person to be a volunteer, and we are incredibly proud of, and grateful to, all our volunteers at Silver Chain Group.
Montana Ardon | Communications Officer
T 08 9208 8310 | E Montana.Ardon@silverchain.org.au
About Silver Chain Group
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.