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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.

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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Today is the start of National Volunteer Week in Australia, and OCAV like many other organisations across the nation will be holding celebrations to thank its volunteers for ‘making a difference.’

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Leith Park’s stunning new multi-million dollar development is set to open in the coming months and one and two bedroom apartments are now available. The 27 apartments in the Stage 1 development will open mid-year and some apartments have already been allocated to people keen to move into OCAV’s St Helena village.

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OCAV has been named Victorian/ Tasmanian Organisation of the year in Leading Age Services Australia’s 2019 Excellence in Age Services Awards.

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The last month has seen OCAV meet with politicians and Commissioners to talk about our work, our operating model and our drive to create new villages in Victoria.

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Two of Rushall Park’s oldest cottages are being restored, with approval from Heritage Victoria, and will soon be ready to accommodate older Victorians for another 100 years. Both have played a significant role in the history and look of the village.

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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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