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Read about the wonderful people living, working and volunteering in our villages. They each bring life and energy to our thriving village communities.

A one-year professional development program focusing on wellbeing and mental health will be rolled out by the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria thanks to support from HESTA.

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Haven, security, peace, garden, and love were among the words that stood out on 450 blocks of wood that were placed on the steps of Parliament House on Monday 5 August, the start of Homelessness Week.

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The eight-station exercise park for seniors was opened in a novel way, with Commissioner for Seniors Victoria, Gerard Mansour standing on one leg.

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A new Indigenous garden has been planted in Rushall Park thanks to the combined efforts of students from Fitzroy High School and residents of the retirement village.

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Plans to create a children’s garden at Liscombe House are going full steam ahead thanks to the generosity of everyone who donated to our tax time appeal.

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OCAV is raising funds to create a children’s garden within the settings on our Liscombe House Aged Care facility. At the moment, the only place for children to play when they visit Liscombe House is their grand- or great-grandparent’s room. Although running the hallways is not uncommon! It’s warmly tolerated of course, but we would love to create somewhere special for children.

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Kim D’Angelis, OCAV’s Volunteer Coordinator, finds it difficult to put a dollar value on the organisation’s 190 volunteers. “Our volunteers are priceless. Their contribution to this organisation and to the residents is enormous. It’s not just their hours of service, but the impact of that service,” Kim said.

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Pauline Cleeve spends every Friday volunteering at Liscombe House, OCAV’s aged care facility at St Helena. Her work could be summed up in one word – companionship. Through the day, out walking with residents in the garden, visiting residents in their rooms or playing bingo, she is offering friendship and companionship to someone.

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Matt Mol’s commitment to Currie Park in Euroa is a bit of a family affair. As President of the Euroa Apex Club, Matt was more than happy to volunteer the members’ time to do some improvements to the village’s decking. But he also has a soft spot for Currie Park, where his grandmother, Antonia Mol, lived for a few years before she passed away.

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Dannielle Baulch’s life revolves around stories these days. She studies creative writing, uses stories in her work with people in aged care and is now volunteering at Rushall Park doing ‘oral life histories’ with any interested residents.

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For someone who wants to be a history academic volunteer Liam Nixon is getting some invaluable grass roots learning at OCAV’s Leith Park village.

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