Empowerment, connection underpin volunteer’s work
Jason left the United Kingdom in October 2018, and after travelling through the Middle East and Asia had planned to spend a year in sunny Australia. Luckily for the Bolton Clarke community, he ended up staying a lot longer!
When, like so many others, Jason’s plans to return home were derailed by COVID-19 he decided to put his time and skills to use as a volunteer with Bolton Clarke.
After taking a housesitting role in Townsville he first got in touch with the Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay community to offer his services. When it came time to move on to new house-sitting opportunities around Queensland he carried his volunteering role with him, first to the Gold Coast and now the Sunshine Coast.
“I’m volunteering across three sites so far, Rowes Bay in Townsville, Tantula Rise at Alexandra Headland and Galleon Gardens at Currumbin Waters,” he says.
Jason volunteers in a Technical Support role, which means he is the go-to for any tech related problems a resident may be having.
“It covers all variety of things really. I help people with tuition on devices, I help people get connected online and set up My Gov accounts to link them in with Medicare and other resources.
“I generally help people with any basic IT issues they are having with things like phones, tablets, TV’s or Printers. It can be a terrible maze sometimes, so I try to help people make head or tail of it.”
With a background in Sales, Business Development and Management, Jason is used to providing training to staff, and says the trick is taking the time to find a language that people understand.
“It can be very intimidating at first, so it’s all about building their confidence. Once they know how to do it the whole thing is child’s play.”
“I feel very grateful, I have met a lot of great and interesting people while doing this. It’s been a very positive experience and I have to say, it’s one of the best things I’ve done.”
The theme of this year’s International Volunteer Day is: Volunteer Now for our Common Future. When people are encouraged to get involved in solving problems, the solutions are more likely to be feasible and lasting. Volunteers engage communities and build a people-centric movement to help build a better and safer future for us all. (Volunteering Australia).
30 November 2023
Aged care resident Katie celebrates 106 years of smiles
Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters resident Katie doesn’t see her 106th birthday as any reason to slow down.
30 November 2023
Bolton Clarke centenarians join Premier for 100+ Club
It’s not every day you celebrate being over 100 years old with more than 50 other centenarians, but that’s exactly what Bolton Clarke residents had the chance to do this month.
03 November 2023
Racing history alive and well at Sunshine Coast
For Alexandra Headland residents Neil and Patricia Eiby, joining Melbourne Cup Day celebrations with their neighbours at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village brings back fond memories.
13 October 2023
Caring Comes Full Circle at Galleon Gardens
This National Carers Week, Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens resident Doreen (Dawdie) and Activities Officer Mia are taking a trip down memory lane, exploring a 20-year-old caring connection.
22 September 2023
Gold Coast centenarian reflects on his time in the bush
When Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens resident Bob set sail for Australia with his family in 1928, he shared the ship with one of Australia’s most recognisable icons – the last arches for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
20 April 2023
A love story born out of the Australian Defence forces
For Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise retirement village residents Neil and Patricia Eiby, the defence forces have been entrenched in their lives from day one together.
28 February 2023
Galleon Gardens retirement village says hello to a fresh community hall
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens Retirement Village are wasting no time filling the calendar at their new community hall.
21 April 2023
Local retirement community keeping things fresh
Armed with fresh produce and cooking up a storm at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village, a group of residents have taken over the community veggie garden to combat the rising cost of fruit and vegetables.
10 February 2023
Getting the family involved at Tantula Rise
Seeing Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise Retirement Village over a video call from Western Australia was all Christine needed to know she wanted to call it home.
25 November 2022
Tropical-themed opening brings Rowes Bay community together
A revamped entertainment area at Rowes Bay retirement village in Townsville has been brought to life thanks to a generous bequest from former resident Alice.
07 November 2022
Betty’s 100 years thanks to “pure luck”
After years apart due to Covid-19, there was a reason for Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens retirement village resident Betty and her family to come together and celebrate for a very special 100th birthday.
27 October 2022
Postcards project breaks down age and language barriers
A new pen pals program is helping aged care residents build connections while breaking down cultural barriers and strengthening English skills for migrant students.
19 August 2022
Arthur swaps bus for scooter in veteran challenge
Maroochydore man Arthur Reeves, 77, is a familiar face for Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise aged care and retirement living residents, having volunteered behind the wheel of the community bus for the past seven years.
26 September 2022
Social atmosphere at Rowes Bay brings John out of his shell
For Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident, John, Townsville has always been the place he came back to. It was the place he joined the Royal Australian Air Force, it was where he was discharged after 22 years of service and it was where his two sons were born.
12 September 2022
It’s nice to be home at Tantula Rise
Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise Retirement Village residents Susan and John say that it’s nice to have found their home after a lifetime of moving around the world. John, who is originally from Liverpool in the United Kingdom, was in the Royal Air Force for 38 years to the day he joined. As a result, he and his family have moved frequently.
03 June 2022
Market fare, home-made goods at Rowes Bay Market Day
Local craft, plants and goods will be on sale when Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay Retirement Village at Townsville opens its doors for its annual Market Day on Saturday, 11 June.
18 May 2022
Volunteering an unexpected joy for Holly
Bolton Clarke volunteer, Holly, started volunteering at Rowes Bay in July 2020. She was looking for a new opportunity and instead says she found ‘great and unexpected joy’!
22 April 2022
Honouring the service of our Veterans
Anzac Day is widely known as a national day of remembrance for those who have served our country. At Bolton Clarke, we have a rich history steeped in honouring the service of our Veterans. We have the privilege to know many who now call one of our community’s home.
02 May 2022
Sun, sand and long walks on the beach!
Trading in the suburbs for the sea means retirement has never looked so good for Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident Mel.
21 March 2022
Walking works wonders at Tantula Rise
Exploring is in Eric’s blood. So when he moved into Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village almost two years ago, one of the first things he did was strap on his walking shoes and set out to see the local community.
08 March 2022
Lifestyle has never been better at Galleon Gardens
Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens Diversional Therapy team leader Gwen Bonney has earned national recognition, being named 2021 Lifestyle/Activities Individual of the Year in SoupedUp’s Hospitality & Lifestyle Aged Care Awards.
11 February 2022
Community a lifetime connection for local Centenarian
Community is key for Townsville local Minna Ede, who this week celebrated her 100th birthday at Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay. The Centenarian has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression and now a pandemic. Despite the adversity, she says the secret to living a long life is to find happiness in the people around you.
10 November 2021
Ex-RAAF Reservists solve 40-year-old plane wreck mystery
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident Bruce has always had a special interest in military aircrafts. As an ex-reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and a Townsville local, he has spent a lifetime researching and studying crash sites in the local area.
08 November 2021
RAAF Veteran exchanges flying high for a seascape
RAAF Veteran Dennis Olsen OAM has an impressive 42-year career in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He has been living at Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise since the retirement community opened 14 years ago.
07 October 2021
Dementia innovation given a nod at Future of Ageing Awards
The world first use of digital wallpaper in Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens Memory Support Unit on Queensland’s Gold Coast has been shortlisted as a finalist in 2021 Future of Ageing Awards – Dementia Care category.
17 September 2021
75 Years of Fun, Adventure and Love
Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens residential aged care residents Harry and Helen Christian have been soulmates for three-quarters of a century. Recently, they celebrated 75 years of marriage amongst friends and family at their home in Currumbin Waters.
01 September 2021
Creating better outcomes for veterans with dementia
Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s Weaving Evidence into Action for Veterans with dementia (WEAVE) project – underway at Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters - has now earned international recognition, named as a finalist in the 9th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards Best Dementia Research category.
20 September 2021
Rowes Bay sisters heed adventure’s call
For sisters and Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay retirement village residents Margie Scorse and Lynne Clancy there’s no place like home – but that hasn’t stopped them answering the call of adventure to explore Australia in style.
09 August 2021
School friends become neighbours at Tantula Rise
When Carmel McLellan and her husband Ken moved into Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands in May, the last thing Carmel expected was to run into her old school chum
12 July 2021
Rowes Bay residents explore indigenous art and food
Residents at Rowes Bay residential aged care community have celebrated Australia’s indigenous heritage last week as part of NAIDOC Week commemorations.
05 July 2021
Rowes Bay says ‘cheers’ to 30 years
Residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village have gathered to say cheers to 30 years of Rowes Bay with a special luncheon and a market day for the whole community.
09 April 2021
Community garden gets the (green) thumbs up
The community garden at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village has been transformed over recent months courtesy of village resident and green thumb Neil Jensen.
01 April 2021
Seniors get active ahead of No Falls Month
Seniors from Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village in Alexandra Headlands have been getting active in a weekly exercise class designed to support balance, agility, and overall fitness.
03 March 2021
Camille harnesses art’s healing power
Camille Christensen knows all about the healing power of art. After two strokes, the Roma born 81-year-old says her painting has helped her through many tough times, including the past year.
01 March 2021
The best of both worlds for Margaret and John
For Margaret and John Hetherington, moving to Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village has given them a lifestyle with the best of both worlds.
05 February 2021
Free health and wellbeing sessions help Sunshine Coast seniors stay active and independent
Sunshine Coast seniors are getting healthy and active with the commencement of a new wellbeing program at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village in Alexandra Headlands.
28 December 2020
Retirees beat the heat with water aerobics
With the arrival of summer, residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands have found a way to beat the heat – and keep fit at the same time with weekly water aerobics classes.
07 December 2020
Helen celebrates her 101st birthday with sweetheart Harry
Helen Christians’ exact birthdate is a mystery. She was born at home in Belfast, Ireland at the end of 1919 but by the time her father went down to register the birth a few days had passed, and the real date has been lost over time.
01 January 2021
Water smart smiles for retirement village residents
Residents of Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village in Townsville have been the happy recipients of some water smart products from Townsville City Council. The roll out has been a great success, putting smiles on residents’ faces and encouraging physical activity in the gardens, proving that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.
11 September 2020
Disney dreams come true for aged care residents
Overseas travel restrictions have been no barrier to fun for residents at Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens aged care community in Currumbin Waters, who recently enjoyed a magical trip to Disneyland from the comfort of home.
13 August 2020
Excellence in Rowes Bay: aged care worker receives State award
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Diversional Therapist Chezz Thompson has been named best in the state, winning the Leading Aged Services Australia (QLD) Awards for Excellence for an Individual working in aged care.
27 May 2020
Village residents travel the world through takeaway
With travel restrictions putting a temporary hold on physical travel, residents at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise community at Alexandra Headlands are giving their taste buds a weekly trip exploring world cuisine. Self-confessed nomad Therese Willey usually splits her time between her two homes. The first is Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands and the second – the open road.
07 December 2019
Centenarian Helen celebrates a life filled with love
Helen Christians was born in Ireland in December 1919 on a date that has remained a mystery - but that didn't stop celebrations for her 100th birthday at Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens.
18 November 2019
Rowes Bay community steps into the future
A 30-bed dementia wing built to best practice design will be part of a major redevelopment at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay residential aged care community in Townsville.
03 October 2019
Enjoy a Tea and Tour at Rowes Bay
Find out more about beachside retirement living in Townsville, join us for a friendly cuppa and meet some of our residents every Thursday from 10am-12pm. No booking required.
03 October 2019
Community feeling a joy for Rowes Bay retirees
Making the move to retirement living was a practical decision for Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay residents Leigh and Penny Douglas, but it’s the community lifestyle they have grown to love.
15 March 2019
Bolton Clarke Unveils World First In Dementia Design
Former Australian Olympic swim coach and Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters resident Don Talbot helped launch another world first this week when he cut the ribbon on the residential aged care community’s new dementia wing.