Volunteers Provide Lifeline Of Support

Photo: Heather Burton & Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
Monday, 3 July 2017
Volunteers like Heather Burton provide a lifeline of support to the patients and clients of Portland District Health (PDH).

Mrs Burton was recently a finalist in the Minister for Health Volunteer Awards, recognising her 34 years of achievement and contribution.

Now Mrs Burton and PDH want others to follow in her footsteps to continue supporting people in need.

Mrs Burton, 68, is a huge advocate of volunteering and says it can bring benefits to clients, patients, organisations and personally to the volunteer.

I like to help other people and one day I might need facilities like this, she said. I really enjoy talking to people and helping them; they tell you about themselves and you can get involved with what they're doing.

I get enjoyment out of doing something for the community.

Mrs Burton has been a long standing health volunteer, firstly with the Portland & District Community Health Centre and then, after amalgamation, with PDH.

She has been involved with palliative care, the twilight market committee, fund-raising committees, Telecare and various events and was awarded a PDH life governorship in 2016.

Mrs Burton has also enthusiastically embraced training and has provided support for fellow volunteers.

Outside PDH she has been active with cubs, scouts, Masonic Lodge, and the Probus Women's Group and was awarded the 2017 Glenelg Shire senior of the year award to recognise her many community volunteering activities.

PDH's Director of Primary and Aged Care Fiona Heenan said volunteers like Ms Burton were an essential part of the service offered to the local community.

Heather is a proud community member who loves to promote the local area and share her enthusiasm and knowledge of her community, she said.

Ms Heenan said PDH needed more volunteers, particularly over winter. We have an ageing group of volunteers and many leave Portland for warmer weather over winter, Ms Heenan said.

Those who volunteer with PDH they not only help local people they do something that they will find personally rewarding.

PDH has many different volunteering opportunities available.

Anyone interested in being part of our great team of volunteers at PDH, please contact Trish Rawlings PH: 5522 1402.

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