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Fran named as WA's Volunteer of the Year

Juniper, a Western Australia provider of retirement, residential and home aged care services, congratulates Fran Rafferty who recently won the WA Volunteer of the Year Award – Excellence in Volunteer Management.
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Juniper’s volunteer coordinator, Fran Rafferty, has won the WA Volunteer of the Year Award – Excellence in Volunteer Management.

As Juniper’s volunteer coordinator, Ms Rafferty, of Duncraig, oversees a 500 strong volunteer workforce who helps deliver services to thousands of older people throughout Perth and in regional WA.

Vaughan Harding, Juniper chief executive, says the award acknowledges Ms Rafferty’s dedication and commitment to the organisation’s growing and diverse volunteering program that produces positive results among more than 4,000 older people Juniper assists every day.

“Ms Rafferty’s major achievement has been the establishment of a Corporate Volunteers Program at Juniper in partnership with Volunteering WA,” Mr Harding says.

“Her initiative, skill and professionalism led to the creation of the program from its inception to delivery of ongoing volunteerism from some of Perth’s largest companies.”

Juniper’s volunteers undertake many different activities, from office work at Juniper Central to home visiting and companionship; driving and gardening; and therapy and activity assistance.

“This work provides invaluable assistance and support and without an effective volunteer workforce, Juniper would not be able to deliver many of its core services,” Mr Harding says.

In addition to boosting the Corporate Volunteers Program at Juniper, Ms Rafferty continues to oversee many volunteering programs delivered at multiple locations throughout WA.

She says volunteers should be celebrated as they give their time to help others, including the older people who are among some of the state’s most vulnerable.

For more information on Juniper’s volunteering program, retirement living, community care or residential aged care services visit www.juniper.org.au

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