A pandemic can’t stop me volunteering!

May 21, 2020 by Lisa Bywaters


Written by guest blogger Rosie

Most of my adult life I’ve been fortunate to have been involved with not-for-profit organisations and I’m well aware of the important role of volunteers in our society.

After I retired as an allied health professional, it seemed only natural to seek the opportunity to volunteer. I had heard of the enormously supportive role that Musculoskeletal Australia (Arthritis Victoria as it was then) played in the community. So I contacted them. The rest is history! I’ve now been volunteering with them once a week for over 6 years.

I work most closely with the nurses on the Help Line doing data entry. I’ve been able to continue to do this from home during the pandemic. I know this has been helpful for MSK as it helps them see trends and look for ways to improve the service. But it’s also kept me occupied and sane during lockdown! Data entry may sound a little boring, but I find it satisfying as I know it’s important work. You need to have attention to detail, computer skills, and be accurate with the information you enter the database. So that really engages the old grey matter.

Volunteering gives me great personal satisfaction. I’m able to contribute to the community and I have the chance to meet and work with like-minded staff and volunteers.

MSK is a forward thinking organisation and has staff who are enthusiastic and friendly. I have felt privileged to be part of its continuing growth.

In this picture I’m standing with some of my fellow volunteers as we attended the 50th anniversary morning tea at Government House in 2018. I felt fortunate and thrilled to attend this function with staff, volunteers and other supporters. It was such an honour.


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