Taking communion to the sick

National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering which recognises the invaluable support that volunteers provide to their communities. A Volunteer Appreciation Day was held in May at the Royal North Shore Hospital where many of our Catholic Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were amongst those who received commendation for every five years of service.

Thank you Penelope and all our incredible volunteers

Penelope Kerr’s volunteering journey began over 16 years ago when her father was living in a nursing home in Canberra. “During my visits I’d notice the names of Dad's visitors in the sign-in book.

CatholicCare’s friendship program ending social isolation for our seniors

Kathleen Herz knows what it feels like to be lonely, following the death of her husband some years ago, and it was this experience which prompted her to fill that gap for others by volunteering with CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay’s Community Visitors Scheme. “When I lost my husband, I realised how lonely it was for people being by themselves,” she says.

Thinking about volunteering? Let us convince you!

Nothing is greater than the heart’s motivation to touch the lives of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The 2012 State of Volunteering Report in Australia report revealed that over the last ten years, Australia has experienced a significant growth in the number and rate of people who volunteer.

Our volunteers got creative with our friends in aged care homes during lockdown

Nothing is greater than the hearts motivation to touch the lives of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. CatholicCare’s Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) volunteers  know this.

Why volunteering is important for you and the community

The 2012 State of Volunteering Report in Australia report revealed that over the last ten years, Australia has experienced a significant growth in the number and rate of people who volunteer. In fact, according to the University of Sydney, Australians now spend no fewer than 700 million hours volunteering each year.

Volunteers are vital in our Aged Care facilities

In Australia, roughly 229,000 elderly Australians entered aged care facilities between 2017 and 2018, and there are over 2,000 aged care facilities all over the country. While they have their own dedicated staff, volunteers are often vital for the success of these facilities and the health of the residents.

Three cheers for our amazing ‘Garden Gurus’ & ‘Mow-Hawks’!

Drop in and be inspired or stay and get your hands dirty at the Edgeworth David Community Garden. This project, two years in the making, is a wonderful inclusive garden for all in the community.

Robert Graham is an incredible man and fundraising powerhouse!

Rob has raised considerable funds for St John the Baptist Parish in Woy Woy, and Mary Mac’s Place over the years. Mary Mac’s, managed and operated by CatholicCare, is open to anyone who is homeless, transient or needing a helping hand on the Central Coast. Located at the Ethel Cox Centre in Woy Woy – Mary Mac’s provides a two course lunch daily and a place to shower and to wash clothes.

Can you spare one hour a fortnight? Our Community Visitors Scheme needs you.

Our Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) needs your help to brighten an older person’s day! There are residents in aged care homes across the Northern Beaches who are lonely and may not have family or friends living nearby.