WDHS August Volunteer of the Month, Julia Hearn
August Volunteer of the Month, Julia Hearn is a relative newcomer to volunteering at Western District Health Service (WDHS) and is making a real difference to the lives of residents at The Birches.
Mrs Hearn signed up as a volunteer in April last year, when WDHS commenced its Meal Buddy Program at the Birches.
The ‘Meal Buddies’ give nursing home residents a helping hand to eat their breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Volunteers help residents open dinner lids, position meal trays, pour tea or coffee, provide company and assist where they can while the person eats their meal.
Birches Unit Manager, Eryn Cottier nominated Mrs Hearn for the award and says her commitment to the Meal Buddy Program has been amazing.
“Mrs Hearn assists with the meals twice a day, three times a week and not only does she help the allocated resident but she also engages beautifully with the other residents as well,” Mrs Cottier said.