United Way Glenelg Provides Continious Support to PDH

Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Portland District Health is there to support the community and also enjoys a lot of support from the community.

Donations, sponsorship, fund-raisers and in-kind donations play an important role for any local hospital.

At PDH we are lucky to enjoy growing support from within the local community.

Several local organisations have been generous to PDH over a long period.

One such organisation is United Way Glenelg which has been a strong supporter of PDH for many years.

United Way Glenelg’s donations to organisations such as PDH come directly from community members through its Workplace Giving program.

In 2012/13, funds donated from United Way Glenelg included; baby change table $900, patient lifting equipment $1660, the Samaritan Fund $3500, and Peer Assistance & Leadership Skills Program $3000.

The Peer Assistance Leadership program is a school-based, peer-to-peer youth development program for students in year 9 built upon a philosophy of students helping students. The program enhances the student’s resilience by developing their sense of connectedness to their peers, school, family and community

The program encourages students and their peers to make healthy life decisions and provides opportunities to create a supportive and safe school environment.

The patient lifting equipment is being used in the hospital’s Acute Ward and a new baby change table was installed at the Specialist Centre thanks to the grants.

The Samaritan fund is managed by the counselling team at PDH to support individuals and families in emergency situations and is solely funded annually by United Way Glenelg. 

The counselling team works with the client in need, as well as other support agencies, to help these people through the tough times they may be facing.

As part of her role as PDH community engagement officer, Carolyn Malseed is now coordinating donations and support from the community.

Carolyn’s role includes fund-raising, involvement in community and organisation events, liaising with local service clubs and community groups, and coordinating hospital activities involving the public.

“We appreciate the support from the region and hope to expand on that strong base,” she said.

“United Way Glenelg is just one great example of a local organisation that sees the values of supporting its local health service.”

PDH has received more than $100,000 assisting over 1000 people from the community since United Way Glenelg began in 1999.  

PDH staff see first-hand the benefits of a community fund as many choose to make a deduction from their own pay to support United Way Glenelg.

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