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Liz celebrates a decade as Resthaven volunteer

The difference that volunteers make is being recognised nationally this week. In Australia, more than six million volunteers support community, environmental, sporting, welfare, emergency and cultural services.
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Resthaven manager of volunteer services, Stacey Thompson; Jane Abbot, Resthaven Mitcham manager; and volunteer, Liz Scarce.

At Resthaven, celebrations are held throughout May to thank volunteers for the difference they make in the lives of older people.

Liz Scarce, wife of His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia, has been recognised for 10 years of voluntary service at Resthaven Malvern.

Despite her busy schedule, Mrs Scarce makes time to share her Vice Regal activities and adventures with the residents at Resthaven Malvern. Her newspaper reading and discussion group is a lively and much valued activity.

Stacey Thompson, Resthaven manager of volunteer services, says Ms Scarce is one of the first volunteers she recruited when she joined Resthaven.

"Our community wouldn’t be the same without the power of volunteers. They give with their heart, enriching the lives of older people. This is why volunteers are champions," Ms Thompson says.

"There are many stories of the vibrancy, joy and support that volunteers bring across Resthaven. Increasingly, volunteers are working with our Community Services, as well as in our residential facilities."

According to Ms Thompson, volunteers also provide spiritual support and individual company and urges everyone to join Resthaven in thanking and appreciating volunteers for their generosity and spirit.

Established in 1935, Resthaven Incorporated is a not for profit aged care community service of the Uniting Church, respected for the delivery of high quality, responsive care services for older South Australians and their carers.   

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