Talk to us about the many ways we can work together.
There are so many different ways to make a tangible difference to the lives of older West Australians and the local community by partnering with CraigCare as a business or as a local resident. Talk to us about what is top of your agenda and what is possible. Some possibilities include:
- Work or student placement experience/community service
- Fundraising events for the local community
- Sponsorship opportunities for schools or local clubs
- Board/Committee Networking events
- Workplace giving
CraigCare Ascot Waters has a growing range of long term partnerships with local businesses including Perth Racing, City of Belmont, Red Cross, Bedford Bowls and Chisolm Catholic College. By partnering with CraigCare, our residents remain active and stay connected to the younger generation and the local community, just as they wish to be.
At CraigCare, it is important for us to give back to and support our local community. Our current community project is with Perth Homeless Support Group. Our staff are fundraising for our homeless West Australians to support them with basic and much needed necessities such as face wipes, deodorants, toothbrushes, socks, underwear and blankets.
If you have a charitable cause you think we might be able to help you with please get in touch with us today.
Case Study – Local Community Partnership
CraigCare Ascot Waters has formed a community partnership with Perth Racing as a way to keep local older residents connected with their local community. Residents of the aged care home are regularly involved in the planning and helping to care for the vast majority of the plants around the historic Ascot racecourse by tending to the weeding and pruning of the roses.
The aim of this partnership is to bring our older community members together to engage with nature, build on existing gardening skills and learn new skills from the racecourse staff, and also to create beautiful spaces at the racecourse that are a source of pride.
Residents have their own personal reasons for volunteering their time to tend to the racetrack gardens. For CraigCare resident Eve Elton, her desire to volunteer is to spend time outdoors with her husband Derek just as they used to in their family home before moving into an aged care home. “My husband and I spent a lot of time in the garden when we lived at home and it reminds me of those times at home.”
For Judy Ryan, she loves tending to the gardens at the racetrack because horses are part of her family history and by being at the racetrack she feels connected to her family heritage. “I have a love of horses because it’s an important part of my family history. We had our own farm and we kept horses. My family history is really important to me and I feel connected when I am there.”
Case Study – Volunteering at CraigCare
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. When we asked Joan, one of our regular volunteers at CraigCare Ascot Waters, what drives her to volunteer her time in our home she replied “Why not? Volunteering is about giving something back to people who need a little help or companionship. One day you might find yourself in the same position, needing a bit of help.”
When we asked Joan how her volunteering contributes to the home she said “Three hours every Wednesday helping with lunch service preparation and service with one of the residents, Miranda.”
When we asked one of our residents, Miranda, what does Joan add to the home, she replied “She helps serve the drinks for lunch service but she does so much more than that. She’s quite special to me. When I see her, I am happy, she’s sort of a special friend. We do lunch service together and we are just in tune with each other. She’s like a role model to me. Joan has special character traits I am learning from her – particularly empathy, tolerance, kindness and helping others. She really comes from the heart.”