Jemalong Residential Village Volunteers group (previously the Auxiliary, the Carers Group and the Village Hair Ladies) held their first meeting for 2016 last Thursday 25 February.
The group welcomed several new members which brought membership numbers to almost 40 members. This creates a wonderful group of volunteers giving up their time to raise funds to provide village residents with entertainment, bus trips, items for activities, and pampering.
Volunteers at the Village are a key function to the wellbeing and caring of it’s residents, and as well as conducting fundraising activities for the Village, they also keep the residents entertained.
Movies are held on the third Monday of each month at the Forbes Services Club, raising approximately $350 each time. These movies are for the general public to enjoy.
The Village Hair Ladies, all volunteers, raised over $1500 last year. The Village Salon is open every Thursday morning for residents to be pampered and groomed.
Several fundraising events are being organised with a Trivia Night in May and a Christmas in July. Both of these events will be held in the Opal Room at the Village, which enables residents to participate. This works hand in hand with the entertainment of residents as well, as it will keep residents busy at the same time as helping out their own village.
This year will be the first time in many years that the Annual Fete will not be held. Several smaller events and raffles throughout the year will be held instead. The Group sincerely thank all of their supporters for their hard work.
It also wishes to thank the Forbes community for its continuing financial support. Forbes has a wonderful facility for the elderly and their wellbeing needs to be ensured.
Contributed by Frances Higgins, Publicity Officer