Grandmothers can give the best advice. Sometimes it is good to listen to them. Jaye Flint began volunteering for Anglicare in November last year at her grandmother’s suggestion and she hasn’t looked back since!
“My Grandmother, who runs her own aged services company in the USA, said that I had the gift of seeing people as people, no matter their age, and encouraged me to volunteer at an aged care home,” Jaye recalls.
“I am so glad I followed her advice, because I love it!”
Jaye arrived in Australia in 2013 from Georgia, USA. Six years later, she is volunteering her time helping residents at Anglicare’s Marcus Loane House with crafts and games. She also helps with any special events put on by the home.
“What attracted me to the role was the opportunity to hang out with my elders. I’ve always been drawn to the older generation, even as a child I would always choose to hang out with the adults over the kids my age. Plus, I love crafts and games so it seemed like the perfect volunteer position!
“The best thing about volunteering at Marcus Loane House is getting to know the residents and hearing their stories. They are just really enjoyable to be around, and I always leave with a bigger smile on my face than the one I walked in with.”
Following her grandmother’s advice has also ignited a passion for aged care Jaye intends on pursuing.
“I love it so much that I am now looking to possibly get my certification and make this into a career.”
Anglicare celebrated volunteers like Jaye at a special Afternoon Tea on Monday, 20 May 2019.