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Service Learning placements making a mark

MercyCare is truly blessed to have such vibrant and enthusiastic volunteers who are dedicated to making a difference in their community.

Over the October school holidays, 50 Mercedes College students contributed 455 hours of service across our Community Care and Home Support centres, Residential Aged Care facility and Early Learning Child Care centres.

The MercyCare Schools Program has been operational for nearly 18 months and has been extremely well received by staff and students. Young people might perceive volunteering to be a challenge, but the MercyCare Schools Program helps to break down those barriers and show students how enjoyable and personally rewarding it can be when you’re having a positive impact on your community. Volunteering helps introduce the students to new experiences outside their own environment, and they get to enjoy the rewards of knowing they’ve made a difference in other people’s lives.

As part of their Service Learning Placements, the students provide an extra set of hands to assist our MercyCare staff, resulting in a beneficial and meaningful experience for all involved. Placements range in responsibilities; in aged care the students visit residents for a chat, assist with daily activities such as bingo, concerts and exercise sessions, and help with reading the paper, doing crafts and crossword puzzles.

At the Early Learning Centres, the students play with the children, help at meal times, take part in art activities and help supervise in the playground.

On behalf of MercyCare, the elderly residents and young children that the students spent time with – thank you for your generous support.