The Wellbeing Committee
Kaye Cutter is the coordinator of Waverley Country Club Wellbeing Committee which offers support to residents and strengthens community ties.
I initially joined the Wellbeing Committee because I was interested in helping others around me. I’ve been involved now for about two years. The idea behind the group is to maximise access to services for the residents and to help them to make the most of their health and wellbeing. We’re all volunteers, of course.
There’s a very holistic approach to what we do. We put on talks from various organisations on things like diabetes, heart health and Alzheimer’s. We have a list of drivers who can take people to their appointments, ladies who do sewing jobs, a gentleman who does carpentry, and even people who can help residents with their computers. We send cards to people if they’re ever sick or in hospital and we’re also there as general support. When new people move in, I’ll give them a call to welcome them. It’s important to us that people know they have our support, that we’re here if they need any help and that they never have to feel lonely. Sometimes it can be hard to get people to call and ask us for help, but they know that we’re there if they need it.
Almost every month we have an afternoon tea for our new residents, where we tell them about other things we do here; about the various events that are on and what’s available. I think it’s beneficial for the community to be together – you still have your own life, of course, but it’s nice to have us to fall back on if you ever need anything.
There are seven members of the wellbeing group now. We meet monthly to share our ideas, talk about what’s been happening, how many cards we need to send, and people we’d like to assist. Everyone’s great – it’s a really committed committee! We all just want to look after the wellbeing of the residents. It’s a wonderful group. We’ve decided to put a little newsletter out, maybe every month, just to remind people that we’re here. No one should ever be afraid to ring us and ask for help. We’re always around to offer support.
Our meetings are formalised and minuted and we keep proper records of everything, but it’s always great to get together. I really like the sense of community here. At the village, there are always functions to attend and things to do, but there’s no pressure either. Saying that, it’s a wonderful feeling to be part of something. My social life increased 200% when I moved in here.
One of the highlights since I joined the committee has been collecting equipment that people can borrow whenever they want. We thought it would a good idea to have things like wheelchairs and crutches and walking frames that can be used as required. We put out a survey asking the residents what they needed, and now we have a very comprehensive list of items to borrow, so they don’t have to pay for it. It creates a wonderfully supportive atmosphere. I really feel like we’re doing something worthwhile.