Volunteers Needed

After 40 years serving the community, The Hills Community Medical Equipment Pool needs volunteers if it is to continue operating.

The Hills Community Medical Equipment Pool (HCMEP) is a registered charity that supports the community with short-term loans of mobility aids (such as crutches, wheelchairs, push walkers and shower stools) at a very low cost.

President John Goulding said: “HCMEP was launched on May 30th 1981 and remains completely staffed by volunteers. Due to this fact and to donations received, it has never increased prices.

Given that the organisation has been serving the community for forty years many of the volunteers are now aged 70 and over. Despite their continued commitment to the HCMEP and the community, without an intake of new volunteer, the organisation faces the difficult decision to permanently close its doors within the next 6-12 months.”

Successful team members will have basic computer skills, compassion and good communication skills. On the job training is provided. Minimum commitment is one hour per week. HCMEP is located in the Balcombe Heights Estate on Seven Hills Road, at Baulkham Hills and is open Mondays to Saturdays between 9.30am and 10.30am and also on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 5pm and 6pm. Volunteers typically work in teams of two to three during those hours.

Staff meetings are held every six weeks at 10.30am on a Saturday. Visit the website www.hcmep.org.au for further details and call (02) 9686 1878 or email [email protected] if you would like to join the team.

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