“It’s so rewarding, you can see it helps someone!”
When Pam’s son was diagnosed with MND three years ago, she didn’t know what to do. As a mother she felt so useless, she couldn’t do anything except love him.
This diagnosis came in Pam’s final year of work. She quickly realised she wasn’t going to hide away and just watch MND slowly take her son’s independence. She could always keep loving her son but she also wanted to help others with going through the same thing. Pam knew she wanted to volunteer after retiring from work.
Initially she wasn’t sure what she could do and it took 8 or 9 months for Pam to submit her volunteer paperwork to MND Victoria. With over 100 incredible volunteers that provide assistance in a range of different ways, Pam has now joined this great team.
Pam decided to take on two roles. One being a relief receptionist in which she loved and also as a hand and foot massage volunteer. Having worked in administration for a large part of her working life, the reception role came very naturally and Pam made an immediate impact in the office during her 1 shift per week. However, it was the massage role that really opened her eyes to how beneficial volunteering is. Pam received training from another volunteer and was then matched with two people living with motor neurone disease near to where she lived. These people had requested MND Victoria’s massage service in the weeks prior so it was perfect timing!
Pam says she is so delighted that she can make someone with MND smile just by providing gentle hand and foot massage. She can also see incredible value in just having a chat or a coffee with someone. “They have their beautiful families looking after them but just to have another person coming in, somebody that can make them feel a little bit nicer.” Pam is amazed how rewarding it is to be a volunteer for MND Victoria. She feels like she is truly making a difference. She feels a part of their family.
Pam is one of many fantastic volunteers that MND Victoria is so lucky to have. Volunteers make our organisation. Wonderful people that do amazing things to help people living with motor neurone disease.
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