Mercy Place Shepparton volunteer recognised for 20 years

By Liz Mellino

Michelle Woodyard has been a smiling face at Mercy Place in Shepparton for the past 20 years.

Ms Woodyard gives up her time two days a week to volunteer with residents and make sure the social activities run smoothly.

She said seeing the smiling faces of the residents was all the reward she needed.

‘‘I enjoy my time with the residents. I come and help them and talk to them and run the activities like bingo,’’ Ms Woodyard said.

‘‘Helping out with the residents is the most rewarding part, seeing them happy and enjoying themselves is the best part.’’

Ms Woodyard hopes to continue volunteering for as long as she could and attributed her enjoyment to the great companions she met along the way and the rewarding relationships she has formed.

Mercy Place lifestyle assistant Amanda Threlfall said Ms Woodyard was a true asset to the company and someone who the residents adored.

‘‘The residents adore her, Michelle just comes into work, gets her lanyard on and away she goes we don’t have to worry about anything,’’ she said.

‘‘She knows where everything is and she knows what she is doing, she is a real asset to the facility.’’

Ms Woodyard is one of 16 volunteers at Mercy Place, each giving up time to help residents and staff on a regular basis.

Ahead of International Volunteer Day tomorrow, Ms Woodyard and Ms Threlfall agreed volunteering was a rewarding job for everyone.

Ms Threlfall encouraged anyone considering volunteering to give it a go, giving back to those who might not be able to look after themselves.

‘‘Everyone says volunteering is the best thing in the world, it brings brings people into the facility and it gives them a connection with the residents,’’ she said.

‘‘The volunteers we have can sit for hours and chat with residents, it definitely benefits everyone it’s just amazing.’’

Mercy Place is always looking for new volunteers. For information or to register your interest, phone Nicole Florance on 58320900.