GMHBA executives learn and grow through genU volunteering experience

As part of GMHBA’s commitment to the local community, the organisation’s executive team recently spent the afternoon volunteering with genU.

The group worked one-on-one with clients, who were participating in a life skills activity.

Their task was to bake some sweet treats for morning tea for all to enjoy. This involved following a recipe, weighing and measuring ingredients, timing, communication, and safe food handling skills.

At the end of the session the whole group sat down to enjoy the fruits of their efforts with a cup of tea and a laugh.

“GMHBA is proud to support our local community in a range of ways, including through our partnership with genU to provide support and friendship to clients with a disability,” said GMHBA CEO, Mark Valena.

“As a Geelong based business, we are committed to giving back to our community at every level of our organisation, including the Executive team.”

In the 2019 financial year, GMHBA staff contributed a total of 623.5 volunteering hours via a range of activities, in partnership with genU. 

“We recognise the benefits volunteering has for the genU clients and our staff alike. It provides us a unique insight into the work of genU and the benefits of the many programs they offer,” Mark said.  

GMHBA is also the only organisation to partner with genU that has committed their full executive team to volunteering activities, which is something they have been involved with for a number of years.

genU CEO, Mike McKinstry said building ongoing relationships with local organisations through volunteering provides real benefits for everyone involved.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with GMHBA heading into the New Year, as well as progress our volunteering programs and further encourage other Geelong organisations to get involved,” Mike said.