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Volunteer - Gardening Group
West Beach Residential Care, 655-671 Burbridge Road, West Beach SA 5024


About us


For 50 years, Southern Cross Care has been providing quality aged care and retirement living services to our community.  We're guided by our values of care, communication, creativity and teamwork, and we want people who share these values to join our team.


About the role


Right now we’re looking for volunteers with a love of gardening and an empathy for people with dementia to join our West Beach Residential Care team, assisting residents within our memory support garden.


West Beach offers high quality residential care services, and embraces a healthy ageing philosophy, with resident’s quality of life measured using a World Health Organization assessment tool.


Research has shown that access to a garden can improve attention, relaxation and self-esteem. Positive memories of one’s past can be stimulated by being exposed to the sights and smells of nature such as plants, flowers, birds, water and insects.  Spending time wandering through a dementia-friendly garden, tending to plants or simply admiring a flower requires effortless attention, providing relief from physically and emotionally draining experiences, and an opportunity to recharge.


Days and times are flexible and support for volunteers would be provided by the site’s Lifestyle Coordinator who has a wealth of knowledge around dementia.


This volunteer position would best suit those with a passion for active ageing, clear communication skills, patience and empathy.


All volunteers require a police certificate for the purposes of Aged Care.


If you are looking for a rewarding voluntary opportunity to help people live a better life, we would love to hear from you.


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