Healthy outlook from volunteer

Trolley good work: Great-grandmother Jacqueline Brown, 90, volunteers at Goodhew Gardens taking the sweets trolley around to residents and helping out at events. Picture: Anna WarrGREAT-GRANDMOTHER Jacqui Brown believes it’s never too late to lend a helping hand.
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Mrs Brown, 90, volunteers regularly at the Goodhew Gardens Aged Care Facility at Woolooware Shores, Taren Point, wheeling the sweets trolley around for residents.

Mrs Brown started volunteering at the age of 86 when she moved into an independent living unit at Woolooware Shores.

She visits about 50 residents during a shift and says that she doesn’t think of it as work but as a way of meeting new friends.

“I think the residents look forward to seeing somebody,” she said. “A few of them don’t get many visitors.

“I may not sell much from the trolley but we do a lot of chatting. I get satisfaction that I have been helping somebody.”

Woolooware Shores volunteer co-ordinator Rachel Piper said Mrs Brown was the oldest volunteer at the complex, where the average age of volunteers is about 65.

Mrs Brown said volunteering was also a way of keeping fit.

“My doctor said that there are people in their 40s and 50s who are not in as good a shape as me.”

People who are interested in volunteering at Woolooware Shores should contact Rachel Piper on 9710 7376.

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