Fairview Retirement Village calling for more board members and volunteers

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Do you have a skill, hobby or craft you could share with residents? Would you like to help out with Fairview's bienniel fete or Trawalla lunch? Pictured is Heather Wisemantel, Vicki Haddad, Bethelle Picone and Alison Haylett who volunteered their time selling books at the Fairview Fete in August this year.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Do you have a skill, hobby or craft you could share with residents? Would you like to help out with Fairview's bienniel fete or Trawalla lunch? Pictured is Heather Wisemantel, Vicki Haddad, Bethelle Picone and Alison Haylett who volunteered their time selling books at the Fairview Fete in August this year.

Fairview Retirement Village is currently on the search for dedicated and passionate community members to join its board of directors or volunteer to assist the not-for-profit company to continue to deliver high quality aged care to its residents.

Fairview Care Limited is run by a committed voluntary board of directors and a leadership team that control and manage the ongoing operation and development of the retirement home.

With three of the current 11 board members resigning in November, Fairview is looking to fill those positions at the upcoming Annual General Meeting, to be held at 5.30pm on Monday, November 6.

Fairview CEO Brett Arthur said the board is made up of local community members with suitable professional and personal skills, with people of a diverse range of backgrounds and ages wanted on the board.

“We’re looking for a mix of skills – we have professional people, retail workers, farmers, a vet, males and females and a range of ages,” he said.

“We want a broad cross-section of the community to represent the community’s views.”

Fairview is seeking a director to manage the governance of the aged-care facility, with skill and experience in either health and aged care; property construction; marketing, PR and sales; or legal, finance and risk.

As well as monthly board meetings, board members would also be required to take part in various sub-committees such as the building, finance or fundraising committees.

Mr Arthur said prospective board members don’t necessarily need to have a relative at Fairview, just a love for the community and a passion for being a part of a good cause.

“It’s very rewarding,” he said.

“It’s good community involvement for a very good cause – looking after the elderly of Moree. Hopefully we’ll all be old one day.”

In addition to new board members, Fairview is also seeking expressions of interest for volunteers to assist in fundraising activities, community events and activities within Fairview.

There are a range of opportunities for volunteers including spending one-on-one time with residents such as taking them for walks or reading to them, as well as running or helping with sewing, art, craft, or gardening groups and volunteering during bus trips.

Community members can also be involved in organising Fairview’s fundraising events such as the biennial fete or Fairview on Trawalla lunch.

“We always need that extra assistance which benefits the residents,” Mr Arthur said.

“There’s always something people can assist with; it could be as simple as sitting down and talking to residents.

“They love interaction with the community. Often when they come to Fairview they lose that connection, so this is a good way of bringing it back again.

“We can match like personalities or like interests with volunteers to residents, which makes it more worthwhile for the volunteer, as well as the resident.”

Mr Arthur said volunteers are integral to the smooth running of Fairview, as well as the enjoyment of residents.

“Without the support of volunteers, there’d be a lot of activities that couldn’t be run at Fairview,” he said.

“All our trips are done by volunteer bus drivers, we have bowls on Mondays which is run by two guys who have been coming in for years.”

Mr Arthur said the level of commitment from volunteers is completely up to them depending on their availability and circumstances.

“We have people who come every week, others who come every month, and those who can only come each quarter,” he said.

If you are interested in becoming a board member contact board chair Joy Peachey on 0427 990 690 or vice chair Matt Haddad on 0428 727 339.

If you are interested in being a volunteer email Jenice Walker on Admin3@fairview.com.au.