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29 September 2015

Giuseppe Inserra built, ran and owns the iconic Laverton Skate Centre. He spent hours teaching children and adults to skate, and spends...

Giuseppe Inserra built, ran and owns the iconic Laverton Skate Centre. He spent hours teaching children and adults to skate, and spends much of his free time turning figure eights around the rink. And he’s 78.

Giuseppe joins 18 other Victorians in an innovative campaign which is shaking up how older  people are seen in the community as part of the  2015 Victorian Seniors Festival, from 4-11 October. 

"Unexpected Heroes" showcases the untold stories under a few wrinkles of 19 older people who are part of the Benetas community in a unique photographic exhibition. 

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said the campaign was all about increasing respect for older people.

"We believe that every older person has a story to tell, and it’s these stories that make them heroes," said Ms Hills.

"Unexpected Heroes" is part of our commitment to advocating for older people in our community and ensuring their voice is heard.

"Unexpected Heroes is our way of contributing to that dialogue and standing proud in the fact that we value older people," said Ms Hills.

Behind the Wrinkles - school resources promote respect

Along with encouraging people of all ages to upload a photo of their hero via social media, the campaign has a strong focus on encouraging younger people to understand the lives of older people and to breakdown negative stereotypes associated with ageing, through the delivery of a school resource.

“We have a long history of nurturing and supporting the very special intergenerational relationships between older and younger people, and this campaign continues that journey," said Ms Hills.

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19 August 2015

Benetas congratulates APM...

Benetas congratulates APM Group for receiving the Master Builders Association’s Excellence in Health and Safety award for 2015 for their work at our new site in Frankston.

APM is currently building our new 80 bed facility on Towerhill Road, which is set to open in late 2016, representing a $21 million investment for Benetas.

The award, which recognises the culture and implementation of Health and Safety systems, is a credit to the high quality work APM delivers and the value they place on safety and the wellbeing of all their employees.

 

 

An impression of Benetas' award-winning new development at Tower Hill in Frankston by APM Group

09 July 2015

Benetas is continuing to develop and deliver innovative ways of promoting the wellbeing of older people in the community, with...

Benetas is continuing to develop and deliver innovative ways of promoting the wellbeing of older people in the community, with the recent launch of two major projects.

Frailty Screening Project

After receiving $1.2 million in funding from the Department Social Services through its Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants, Benetas announced in March that it will undertake a frailty screening research program for older people.

The project, which will focus on identifying and mitigating frailty risks in older people, will trial frailty screening in health and aged care assessment and establish resource pathways to empower older people to self-manage their health and wellbeing.

The program is based on existing research that indicates that frailty can be managed and the long term health risks, in some cases, avoided.

Seniors Mediation Program trial

Benetas’ Seniors Mediation Program trial, run in partnership with Family Mediation and Counselling Victoria (FMC), was launched in June.

The Program, which puts the older person at the centre of discussions about their care, helps families to resolve conflict, make important decisions, set goals and plan for the future through a non-adversarial approach.

Benetas clients and their families have been participating in a trial of the program over the last six months with significant outcomes already achieved. Click here to view a video of a case study of a successful mediation outcome. 

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said both projects were part of the organisation’s commitment to person-centred care.

“We want to make sure that older people have their voices heard and their needs met when it comes to how they live their life as they age,” said Ms Hills.

“The Frailty Screening Project and Seniors Mediation Program are both examples of how we hope to empower older people to take control of their experience of ageing.”

“We are committed to delivering innovative and meaningful services that have the potential to make a significant difference to the lives of older people, and it is our vision that both programs will do just that.”

For more information about the Frailty Screening Project and Seniors Mediation Program, please contact the Benetas Customer Centre on 1300 236 382.

22 May 2015

As part of our commitment to being a voice for older people in the community, Benetas has been undertaking a number of recent...

As part of our commitment to being a voice for older people in the community, Benetas has been undertaking a number of recent advocacy activities following the release of the Federal Budget in May.

This included welcoming Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, to the Benetas Customer Centre in Mitcham in late May.

Minister Fifield met with some of our clients who may be affected by possible changes to the way home care services are funded.

In a further step towards individualised funding for home care recipients and to facilitate even greater client choice and control, it is proposed that Home Care packages will be allocated directly to consumers by the My Aged Care Gateway rather than to service providers through the Aged Care Approvals Round as of February 2017.

If approved, the My Aged Care Gateway will be responsible for prioritising clients’ access to packages at the regional level within the number of packages allocated through the planning ratio. This will enable aged care recipients to receive services from their provider of choice and will also enable them to change providers if they are not happy with their services.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said the organisation welcomed the changes.

“As a sector, we keep talking about giving consumers ‘choice’ and ‘control’. For clients to have true control over their services, they must have control over the funding, so the move to individualised funding is imperative,” said Ms Hills.

Ms Hills said that Benetas would continue to prioritise understanding and acting on the concerns and needs of clients and their families.

“We want our clients to shape the way we deliver our services, to make sure we are hitting the mark,” said Ms Hills.

“We need to know what our clients want and how we can support them to meet their goals.”

“We are excited about the next stage of reform and believe that if aged care providers truly place the customer at the centre of their service provision, the next stage of reform where the consumer has greater control over their funding, will simply flow naturally.”

 

 

19 May 2015

An innovative, first of its kind animation video has been launched by Benetas to help clearly explain what services are available to Australians...

An innovative, first of its kind animation video has been launched by Benetas to help clearly explain what services are available to Australians as they get older.

Responding to feedback from older people and their families that the way the aged care industry provides information is simply too overwhelming for the Australian public, Directions – understanding your pathway to ageing, simplifies the aged care sector and encourages people to plan for their later years.

Directions walks people through all services available across Australia, from home care services, right through to independent living and residential housing.

Officially launched in May by Australian comedian Denise Scott, CEO COTA Australia Ian Yates, and Benetas CEO Sandra Hills, Directions – understanding your pathway to ageing is available to view below or to request a copy, please call us on 8823 7900.

13 April 2015

Key community members, including Frankston Mayor Cr Sandra Mayer, joined Benetas staff and residents in April to celebrate...

Key community members, including Frankston Mayor Cr Sandra Mayer, joined Benetas staff and residents in April to celebrate the start of development on Benetas’ $21 million state of the art aged care service in Frankston.

The development, which is set to define a new level of care, will be home to 80 people and is based on the innovative ‘cluster model’ of housing which brings with it significant benefits to clients’ wellbeing.

Benetas General Manager Strategy, Infrastructure and Housing Chris Karagiannis said the development epitomised Benetas’ commitment to finding the best ways to support people as they age.

“The cluster model is all about creating a sense of ‘home’ for our residents, and ensuring we promote their health, wellbeing, social connectedness and independence through the services we deliver,” said Mr Karagiannis.

“We’ve carefully designed the floor plan to enable small groups of residents to live in clusters, increasing their access to in-house amenities and contributing to a stronger sense of community.

The design also works to keep the back of house operations, such as catering and laundry, behind the scenes and out of sight, contributing to the home-like environment.

“This isn’t your typical aged care home,” said Benetas General Manager Residential Services and Quality and Compliance, Paula Trood.

“This is a person-centred approach that puts the needs of our residents, and their right to feel ‘at home’, front and centre; it’s something that Benetas is very proud of.”

Since the event, work has continued at full speed, with the basement and ground floor slab already poured, work on installing in-ground services such as gas, sewerage, water and electricity almost complete, and steelwork to upper floors starting within the next month.

Works are expected to be completed within 10 months, with the service opening to new residents mid 2016.

 

10 April 2015

The $13 million expansion of Benetas Corowa Court in Mornington is now well underway, with works on track to be completed by mid 2016.

The...

The $13 million expansion of Benetas Corowa Court in Mornington is now well underway, with works on track to be completed by mid 2016.

The redevelopment, which will see the capacity of the facility doubled from 60 to 120 beds, is part of Benetas’ commitment to providing modern and contemporary housing models that meet the changing needs of older people.

Benetas General Manager Strategy, Infrastructure and Housing Chris Karagiannis said the build was fast gaining momentum.

“We’ve completed the lower level foundations, with the ground floor slab poured this month,” said Mr Karagiannis. “Work will then continue on the floors and walls of the ground and first levels, with the roof expected to be put on in May.”

“I know residents and members of the local Mornington community have been keeping a keen eye on the developments, and I hope they’re as pleased with the progress as we are.”

The state of the art development will see a range of innovations introduced, including ‘cluster style living’. The development is based around a carefully mapped out floor plan aimed at increasing the social connectedness of residents and ensuring they can easily access the in-house amenities they need.

“Benetas is very proud to be building such a responsive facility, and we’re confident it will help to provide the best outcomes possible for our residents,” said Mr Karagiannis.

“We are committed to investing in and supporting the local Mornington community and look forward to welcoming many new residents next year.”

For more information about Benetas Corowa Court, please visit www.benetas.com.au/corowacourt or contact the Benetas Customer Centre on 1300 236 382.

10 April 2015

Benetas is a proud advocate for aged care and older people in our community. An important part of this role is to engage with members of...

Benetas is a proud advocate for aged care and older people in our community. An important part of this role is to engage with members of government, industry and community to raise issues of importance and act as a voice for older people.

Recent changes in government have seen the appointment of new Ministers for Health and Ageing, both in Victoria and nationally. Benetas has welcomed the appointment of Sussan Ley MP, Scott Morrison MP, and Martin Foley MP as Minister for Health, Minister for Social Services and Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing in Victoria respectively.

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, recently attended a number of stakeholder meetings between industry and government to discuss vital issues affecting the sector and to provide feedback to help inform future reform initiatives. These meetings are an important opportunity to reflect on where aged care is at present, discuss the challenges faced by the sector going forward and to work constructively to see these issues resolved.

In particular, Benetas has recently advocated the following issues.

Shorter Centrelink assessment timeframes
Benetas is concerned about delays and inaccuracies involved in Centrelink’s Income and Asset Assessment process. People seeking to access most aged care services are required to undertake an assessment, and delays can mean that urgent and necessary support can’t be accessed as quickly as it needs to be.

Better accessibility of My Aged Care
The Government’s My Aged Care website is a useful resource for consumers, bringing together a range of information about what’s available, and acting as a ‘gateway’ to aged care services. Benetas has urged government to invest in awareness and functionality of this service, to ensure it is as useful to the community as it can be. We welcome the recent government presentations that aim to educate the sector on the gateway, and hope to see a similar education program for the community.

The benefits of Consumer Directed Care (CDC)
The way that Home Care services are delivered will change on 1 July, with the introduction of CDC. This will see a range of initiatives offered which will increase the control consumers have over the services they receive. Benetas has conducted a lengthy pre-transition CDC trial with clients, with a large number of clients already moved across to a CDC package, and has provided extensive feedback to government on potential improvements to the system, as identified by trial participants.

For more information about Benetas’ advocacy agenda, please visit www.benetas.com.au/research-opinion.

10 April 2015

Residents at Benetas St George’s in Altona Meadows were star-struck in late January, when 1992 Melbourne Cup winner Subzero paid them a visit....

Residents at Benetas St George’s in Altona Meadows were star-struck in late January, when 1992 Melbourne Cup winner Subzero paid them a visit.

The champion horse, whose visit was part of Benetas’ commitment to social inclusion, delighted residents, family and staff members, as he paraded around inside the communal area.

Benetas St George’s Residential Facility Manager Justin McCarthy said the visit brought more than smiles to the faces of residents.

“We have two residents in particular who are avid punters, and meeting Subzero in their very own home was a very special moment,” said Mr McCarthy.

“Experiences such as these bring back such fond memories for our residents. It’s something they won’t forget.”

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, said that opportunities such as these were important to ensuring residents were able to enjoy a positive and fulfilling experience of ageing.

“At Benetas, we aim to build relationships that provide social opportunity for our residents and for community groups to engage with older people,” said Ms Hills.

“It’s these kinds of activities which strengthen the connections our residents have with the community, and can have profound benefits to their sense of wellbeing.”

“Enjoying a visit from such a famous horse was a real treat for our residents and no doubt was one of the highlights of the year!”

Subzero also visited Benetas St John’s Park in Mooroolbark late last year.

10 April 2015

The Ageing in Australia Expo is on again, bringing together over 50 organisations including aged care providers, government, advisory and other...

The Ageing in Australia Expo is on again, bringing together over 50 organisations including aged care providers, government, advisory and other services who specialise in dementia care, palliative care, health services and support for people as they age.

Aged care and health systems are difficult to navigate. For older people who speak languages other than English, this complexity is greater due to their lack of prior experience in accessing aged care and related services, as well as a lack of information available in languages other than English.

The event provides an opportunity for people to find out about the range of support services available to them, and ask questions of aged care services, government departments, peak organisations and ethnic community organisations relating to their care and wellbeing.

Information will be provided in languages other than English, and interpreting services from Polaron Language Services will be on hand to assist with communication.

The Expo, now in its third year, is hosted by the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing which is part of Benetas’ suite of services.

The Ageing in Australia Expo will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on 2 May 2015, and is free for members of the public to attend. For more information and to obtain an exhibitor prospectus, please visit www.culturaldiversity.com.au or call 03 8823 7979.

31 March 2015

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, today announced Benetas received $1.2 million to undertake a significant new research project focused on...

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, today announced Benetas received $1.2 million to undertake a significant new research project focused on identifying and mitigating frailty in older people.

The Federal Government-funded project will trial frailty screening in health and aged care assessment and establish resource pathways to empower older people to self-manage their health and wellbeing.

Ms Hills said assessing frailty in older people and support to self-manage risk were significant issues.

“This project will shed an important light on how we assess the health and wellbeing of older people and build greater support for self-managed risk across a range of services and health professionals,” Ms Hills said.

“As people interact with our health and aged care system, they will be screened using predetermined criteria to assess their level of frailty and risk and then assisted to manage these factors through a range of partner services and resources.

“Importantly, Benetas will develop further supports for those identified with significant risk factors to help minimise these issues.

“In this way, this project will deliver positive impact to older people living in the community.

“Research tells us that frailty can be managed and, in some cases, mitigated to improve long term health risks.

“This project will develop resources and build partnerships to improve this aspect of preventative health.”

Benetas continues to promote better linkages in health and aged care as part of a full research agenda.

Benetas Innovation, Research and Policy Manager, Dr Amee Morgans (PhD) said this new project would build on research developed through the organisation’s Sub Acute Linkages in Later Years (SALLY) initiative.

“SALLY set the agenda in terms of Benetas’ approach to research and innovation,” Dr Morgans said.

“It identified key gaps in the interaction of health and aged care and showed we can improve linkages between these industries in the future.

“An important aspect of the frailty project is its collaborative approach to the screening and assessment process.

“Also, the decision to build partnerships and resources beyond the evaluation phase is a significant aspect and one which has been informed by evidence provided in past research.”                                                                                                                              

A key principle of Benetas’ innovation and research agenda is the undertaking of projects which align to a strategic focus of delivering meaningful outcomes for the aged care sector and the community it supports.

Benetas is committed to the translation of research to inform real-impact change in the community and improve access to service and care of older people.

The project, Frailty in community dwelling older people – using frailty screening as the canary in the coal mine, received $1.2 million in funding from the Department of Social Services through its Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants.

Media Release: Benetas to deliver $1.2 million frailty screening and support

06 March 2015

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, welcomed the release of the 2015 Intergenerational Report: Australia to 2055 and highlighted its findings in relation...

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, welcomed the release of the 2015 Intergenerational Report: Australia to 2055 and highlighted its findings in relation to how Australia will meet the challenges of ageing in the future.

Ms Hills said the report clearly showed the significant change in population demographics over the coming decades and raised important questions on its impact to society.

“What’s clear is that ageing needs to be a national policy priority and topic of discussion,” Ms Hills said.

“The Intergenerational Report paints a very clear picture that society is on the cusp of the ageing boom. Australia will have more people living longer than ever before and there will be a significant increase in the population of older people.

“As a community we must take steps to ensure our future economy, communities and health and aged care system are well prepared to this demand.”

Ms Hills said that whilst significant reform has taken place, it was important to further develop strategies on quality of life, aged care funding arrangements and service provision in light of the report’s findings.

“This challenge can be met but will require a greater discussion of ageing beyond the confines of recent debate.

“There must be a greater recognition of the impact of policy decisions as they relate to Australia’s future ageing population. To do this, it is imperative to have a cabinet-level Minister responsible for ageing who can work constructively across Government to ensure these challenges are strategically addressed.”

For more news and media visit the Benetas Media Centre.

05 March 2015

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, responds to comments by the Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, on the issue of home equity and funding for...

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, responds to comments by the Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, on the issue of home equity and funding for aged care.

Ms Hills said that this issue was part of a broader discussion which needed to be had in terms of personal capital, funding and the sustainability of the aged care sector in Australia.

“The Minister is correct in saying we need to ensure our domestic system is robust and sustainable,” Ms Hills said.

“How we manage home equity and personal capital in terms of providing aged care for a growing population is a critical issue.

“This is a discussion that must be had but one which should be thorough and wide-ranging.”

Read Benetas' full statement in the Benetas Media Centre.

04 March 2015

It was fun for all ages when the much anticipated Animals on the Move visited Benetas Dalkeith Hostel in Traralgon.

Animals on the Move is...

It was fun for all ages when the much anticipated Animals on the Move visited Benetas Dalkeith Hostel in Traralgon.

Animals on the Move is a touring barnyard experience that involves meeting animals up close, animal-feedings and learning about the different creatures, great and small.

Animals on the Move is part of Benetas’ commitment to social inclusion and provided via the Benetas fundraising program.

Benetas Dalkeith Hostel Lifestyle Coordinator Karen Siddle said the residents relished the experience, which she admitted was a nice departure from their daily routines.

“It’s a really positive experience for residents and a great opportunity for them to have their friends and families along,” Karen said. "The opportunity to spend time with these animals is very special as we have many residents who grew up, or lived and worked on farms in the Latrobe Valley.”

For more news and media visit the Benetas Media Centre.

04 February 2015

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, today welcomed the Government’s announcement of dementia-related support for aged care residents as a step forward....

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, today welcomed the Government’s announcement of dementia-related support for aged care residents as a step forward.

“Since the cessation of the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement, there has been a serious lack of support for dementia-related funding in aged care,” Ms Hills said.

“Today’s announcement represents a step forward in terms of providing support for those living with dementia however I would echo many of my colleagues’ comments in saying this did not necessarily solve all issues.

“Minister Fifield has committed to maintaining original funding levels but addressing this issue in the long term will require greater consultation.”

Ms Hills said the aged and community care sector must now consider this proposal in detail and work constructively with government, peak bodies and the wider community.

“A key component of the success or failure of this proposal going forward will be the Government’s willingness to engage, consult and address issues which arise over time.

“At present, there is a willingness from Government, the department and industry to work together which is pivotal to ongoing reform in aged and community care.”

For more news and media visit the Benetas Media Centre.

14 January 2015

A significant donation of goods from not-for-profit aged care provider Benetas is sure to improve the lives of many people in need.

Benetas...

A significant donation of goods from not-for-profit aged care provider Benetas is sure to improve the lives of many people in need.

Benetas, together with Rotary Club of Melbourne volunteers, spent the day at Benetas Hurlingham Day Respite in Brighton East loading the large amount of goods into multiple trucks.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said the donation was part of Benetas’ commitment to supporting disadvantaged people in the community.

“As a not-for-profit, we saw this as a wonderful opportunity for Benetas to make a difference and not be wasteful,” said Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills.

“Benetas is constantly working with the community and prides itself as a leader and advocate for older Victorians and those in need.”

For more information visit the Benetas Media Centre.

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08 January 2015

Benetas today welcomed the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council’s Dementia Research Development...

Benetas today welcomed the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council’s Dementia Research Development Fellowships Scheme.

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills said the joint NHMRC and ARC scheme would provide added incentive and opportunity to attract first-class research fellows to address this important issue.

“I congratulate both organisations on this initiative. Developing a better understanding of dementia and finding new and improved treatment methods is a critical issue.

“Over the coming decades, we will see significant growth in our older population just as we will see significant growth in the percentage of those living with dementia.

“It’s vital that we invest in research now to ensure we can continue to appropriately support and achieve the best outcomes for people living with dementia.

“Benetas has a long history of advocacy on this issue and we will continue to work and advocate in the interests of older Australians.”

For more information on the Dementia Research Development Fellowships Scheme visit: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding/apply-funding/nhmrc-arc-dementia-research-developmentfellowships-scheme

16 December 2014

In an Australian first, a consortium of 11 organisations has been successful in its bid to launch a world class hub of population ageing research...

In an Australian first, a consortium of 11 organisations has been successful in its bid to launch a world class hub of population ageing research, advocacy and policy development in Melbourne.

The International Longevity Centre (ILC) Australia, coordinated by the ILC Global Alliance, has joined centres from around the world, including the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Singapore and South Africa, to lead the way in addressing longevity and population ageing.

Benetas is thrilled to play a key role in the consortium, with CEO Sandra Hills saying the ILC reflects Benetas’ commitment to using research to inform best practice in aged care.

“This represents a terrific opportunity for the region and a chance to work with international stakeholders on significant projects,” said Ms Hills.

“As a consortium partner and leading aged care provider, Benetas provides detailed industry and ‘on the ground’ perspective to contribute to achieving significant outcomes.”

“Population ageing is a significant global challenge but through partnerships like the ILC, Benetas can ensure we approach this issue with a truly informed understanding of the impacts on the community here and around the world.”

Benetas is now working with consortium partners, including the University of Melbourne, the Australian Association of Gerontology and the National Ageing Research Institute, to use research to inform policy and identify opportunities to innovate based on international best practice.

Work has already begun on a number of priority areas for the ILC, including health and wellbeing, workforce participation, transitions to retirement and widowhood and better understanding advance care directives.

For more information about the ILC Global Alliance, please visit www.ilc-alliance.org or contact Benetas Innovation, Policy and Research Manager Dr Amee Morgans on 03 8823 7904 or amee.morgans@benetas.com.au.

16 December 2014

The next phase of development at Dalkeith Heights Independent Living in Traralgon was celebrated in late October, with Latrobe City Council Deputy...

The next phase of development at Dalkeith Heights Independent Living in Traralgon was celebrated in late October, with Latrobe City Council Deputy Mayor Cr Dale Harriman and Cr Sandy Kam joining former Grace Bruce board members, Dalkeith Heights residents, Benetas staff and local community members to officially ‘turn the sod’.

The expansion will see an additional 45 units built at the site, which will cater for the growing needs of the local Gippsland community.

Benetas General Manager Property Infrastructure, Development and Housing, Chris Karagiannis, said the expansion was reflective of Benetas’ commitment to investing in the local area.

“Dalkeith Heights is a thriving community and one in which Benetas is proud to be a part,” said Mr Karagiannis.

“We are committed to supporting the local community with the provision of high quality, modern independent living options that will meet the needs of current and future residents.”

Dalkeith Heights was officially opened in 2012 under former operator Grace Bruce, which amalgamated with Benetas in 2012.

“Since that time, Benetas has remained committed to the continued development of the village and is planning to add a further 45 units towards the north and east of the site,” said Mr Karagiannis. “We plan to have nine units completed by 2015, with the balance to follow soon after.”

Dalkeith Heights is an award winning independent living village for over 55s, and features a modern Community Centre with indoor pool, gym and cafe. It is complemented by the other Benetas services available in the Gippsland area, including aged care residential homes Benetas Dalkeith Hostel in Traralgon and Benetas Hazelwood House in Churchill, and Benetas Home Care services.

For more information about Dalkeith Heights please visit www.dalkeithheights.com.au or call 03 5175 0955.

16 December 2014

The efforts of long-serving Benetas volunteer Erin Young were recognised in early September, with Erin announced as the winner of the Anglicare...

The efforts of long-serving Benetas volunteer Erin Young were recognised in early September, with Erin announced as the winner of the Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence — Volunteering category.

Erin received the award at a formal dinner at the Anglicare Australia 2014 National Conference in Melbourne, which she attended with her family.

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, was on hand to congratulate Erin and pay tribute to her hard work and dedication.

“Erin has been a volunteer at Benetas Broughton Hall in Camberwell for over 14 years,” said Ms Hills. “I congratulate Erin and thank her for her many years of service.”

“Benetas volunteers offer the support, companionship and practical assistance that means the older people in our community can enjoy a positive experience of ageing.”

“Without the dedication of our volunteers, we simply wouldn’t be able to do the work we do.”

Erin volunteers at Benetas two days a week and helps to organise a range of lifestyle and care activities.

Benetas Broughton Hall Lifestyle Coordinator, Emily Butler, said that Erin’s contribution made a significant difference to the wellbeing of residents.

“The motivation and positive attitude Erin brings to Broughton week after week is a real inspiration,” Ms Butler said. “She makes it her job to spend time with each and every resident — keeping them engaged with their past and present.”

“This is invaluable to addressing social isolation in aged care and Erin’s work is a key part of the friendly and caring atmosphere at Benetas Broughton Hall.”

To find out how you can make a difference by volunteering at Benetas, visit www.benetas.com.au/volunteers or call 03 8823 7900.