RFBI inspires a new style of corporate partnership

Jenny Michael 26 Mar 2018

Once again, RFBI business partners have generously volunteered their time to lend a hand (and sometimes a voice!) at one of 21 RFBI villages across NSW and ACT during March. For the first time last year the aged care provider gave their corporate partners an opportunity to experience residential aged care the RFBI Way, spending a day with residents and participating in Village activities. The feedback was so positive, RFBI decided to make it an annual event, and this year, the numbers have doubled, with 56 people from 20 companies spending time at their local village.

The General Manager of RFBI Lakemba Masonic Village, Attie Cheng, was delighted to host a number of volunteers who have all provided positive feedback on their experience.

Vero staff member Naomi Stewart stated “It was a great opportunity, thank you for allowing us to participate and we hope we left the residents with a smile on their faces.”

Another Vero employee, Anthony Pagano commented “Credit to Attie, Esther and Kim, who made the day a very enjoyable one for all parties. For those few hours, we felt very much part of the RFBI family.”

While Deanna Brown from Winc Office Supplies gave a glowing reference, saying “The staff at Lakemba are amazing. Attie [the general manager] made me feel welcome right from the start and was genuinely excited & appreciative to have me there. Staff members Kim and Esther did a sensational job at organising activities and ensuring the residents were happy. It was an absolute privilege to be part of such an amazing day with amazing people. Well done RFBI. I look forward to being part of volunteer week again in 2019.”

Frank Price, RFBI CEO, comments: “Our core purpose is to provide quality care and services that have a positive impact on people’s lives and our Corporate Volunteer Week is our way of allowing our business partners, who work with us every day, to experience first-hand what we do.

The response we have had from our residents, staff and corporate volunteers, has been overwhelming and we will now be looking forward to seeing them all again next year.”