Experience is rewarding

May 16, 2016

Banksia Lodge resident Ella Close and volunteer Kara Farrow.

For Kialla’s Kara Farrow, who has just started a nursing course at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, the chance to volunteer with Shepparton Villages (Banksia Lodge) has been amazing.

Ms Farrow said she wanted to get a bit of experience in aged care to complement what she was studying.

‘‘And also, giving back to the community is pretty important to me,’’ she said.

This is evidenced by the amount of her time Ms Farrow has dedicated to volunteering during the past two years, amounting to about 300 hours.

She admitted it could be challenging to volunteer with a fulltime course load.

‘‘I only get the Tuesday off, so I come here (Banksia Lodge) for the morning,’’ she said.

‘‘Then I’ve still got to Åt all my study and work commitments and work in but I deÅnitely try to come every week or couple of weeks.’’

Ms Farrow has been volunteering at Banksia Lodge for about six months.

‘‘I really like the rewarding feeling I receive from helping others and making a small difference,’’ she said.

‘‘I enjoy interacting with the residents, helping them with their activities, hearing their interesting stories and hopefully brightening their day.

‘‘You form good relationships and you become quite close.’’

Ms Farrow said she hoped to continue volunteering at Banksia Lodge.

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