Our volunteers work both with people with MND and across our entire organisation. Did you know that we have two equipment volunteers who help our Equipment team supporting people to access the equipment they require? We are very grateful to John and Margaret for their dedication to helping people with MND.
Margaret says ... "I have been an MND volunteer for six years and it was always my intention that, after I retired from my position as a Personal Assistant to a Hedge Funds investor, I would volunteer at MND. My father lived with MND and passed away in 1980, aged 63, and at that time our family didn’t realise, and we weren’t given any information about MND, and of the horrific consequences of the disease. At that time there was no MND Association, so no support and no advice.
I am in the Canterbury office every Monday for five hours and, as well as reception and administration duties, I assist David, Kathy and Sandra in Equipment Service. Every week they arrange for around 40-45 pieces of equipment to be delivered to MND clients. My role is to ring or email each client to confirm the equipment has been received and also ensure that there are no problems or concerns. Depending on the amount of equipment distributed, this can take up to two hours. I enjoy my interaction with the clients and also the Equipment Service team.
After I finish contacting the clients I enter receipt of the equipment into the iCase database and this task can take up to two hours. This means that I am assisting Equipment Service for around four hours each week and this enables them to concentrate on getting the equipment out and dealing with other tasks and any other issues that may arise. During this time I am sitting on Reception, answering the switchboard, franking and then posting the daily letters and dealing with any administration tasks as they arise. My role as an MND volunteer is very rewarding and fulfilling and I enjoy working alongside the MND staff who are very dedicated and caring. I am sure Dad would have benefited from and enjoyed the many valuable services that MND Victoria is currently providing to our clients."
John writes ... "I am a Friday volunteer in the equipment department at MND Canterbury. I do data entry, help update client orders and the collection and dispatch of equipment. I have volunteered for many years at various MND events and upon retirement took on a more regular role. I have always found that all the staff and other volunteers are very friendly and inclusive and would highly recommend to anybody with some time to spare to see what roles are available.
I see what a difference any volunteering makes to the overall running of the Association and its ability to give more care to the people living with MND."
Would you like to volunteer with us? Find out more about our Current volunteer opportunities.