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Have you ever considered serving on the Board of GLCH?

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Our Board of Directors are all volunteers who share a passion for contributing to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and the community as a whole.  Board membership is an honorary position with no fees or salaries paid.  Up to six directors are elected from the membership of GLCH and up to three directors are appointed to ensure a robust skill mix on the board.

Board Directors act in good faith, honestly and in the best interests of the Service, continually focused on improving the provision and accessibility of high quality affordable health care and support of people in East Gippsland.

The role of the Board is to:

  • Govern the service;
  • Determine strategic direction and organisation policy;
  • Approve financial objectives, performance and plans; and
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements and standards of performance.

We encourage members of the East Gippsland community with an interest in our organisation to consider nominating for a Board position.  Membership to be eligible for nomination to an elected position in 2015/16 needs to be received by June 10, 2015.

Requirements for Board Membership:

  • A commitment to work for the greater good of the Service and the achievement of its purposes
  • Directors will bring knowledge, expertise and influence relevant to the affairs of the Service
  • Directors are required to serve on one Committee, either Finance or Audit & Risk, which meet in alternate months.

If you are interested in finding out more, or know someone else who may be interested, contact Marnie Graham on 5155 8300.

Footbridge Mini Golf [Lounge Group]

The ‘Lounge’ Group go golfing…miniature style!

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Our ‘Lounge’ Group participants (pictured below with staff and volunteers) recently showed off their golfing prowess at Footbridge Mini Golf and Lolly Shop thanks to the kind donation of free passes from business owners Greg and Debbie Jerkins.  The Lounge Group, for young adults with special needs, meets Thursday’s at GLCH were they enjoy a variety of activities including social, leisure and life skills. Contact the Aged and Community Health Service Access Team on 5155 8300 if you would like to find out more about the Lounge Group.

Footbridge Mini Golf [Lounge Group]

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Give Happy, Live Happy! Celebrating National Volunteer Week…

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) will celebrate National Volunteer Week on Tuesday 12 May by treating their hardworking volunteers to lunch in recognition of the amazing work they do.

“National Volunteer Week provides a great opportunity for us to say thanks to our many volunteers who help make our services and programs stronger, and to let them know their efforts and commitment are appreciated,” explained Mr Chris Tipa, Executive Manager of Aged Care Services at GLCH.

In the last 12 months GLCH’s meals on wheels volunteers have been incredibly busy delivering 21,237 hot and cold meals to 283 clients in Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Lakes Entrance and surrounding towns.  Our volunteer transport team have driven 154 clients to non-urgent medical appointments recording a total distance of 24,727kilometres and 3,316 volunteer hours; and our Planned Activity Group volunteers in Lakes Entrance have also cooked up a storm preparing 1,460 meals for hungry group participants totalling 2,940 volunteer hours.

“Our volunteers are an invaluable asset to GLCH, our clients and our community and we are truly grateful for their tireless support and dedication,” added Mr Tipa.

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2015 is Give Happy, Live Happy.  Not only do volunteers help make the lives of everyone around them happier, they too are happier as a result. Just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood.  At GLCH you can volunteer as much or as little time as you want, depending on your role. Once a week, once a fortnight, a month – whatever suits the individual.  You can also learn new skills and gain valuable experience in a wide range of areas, plus it’s a great way to meet new people who share your interests.  For more details about volunteering at GLCH CLICK HERE