To celebrate Volunteer Week 2018, IRT Group is rewarding its volunteers by launching its annual Volunteer Awards. The awards form part of IRT’s Volunteer Strategy, launched in December 2017, which aims to optimise the IRT volunteer experience through to 2020.

There are winners in each of IRT’s six regions – four in NSW (Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Sydney), one in Queensland and one in the ACT.

The Shoalhaven winners are husband and wife team Jim and Jenny Cottle who provide transport for residents to help them socialise in the broader community and maintain their independence.

“Jim drives the care centre bus and Jenny provides support by assisting the passengers to navigate their way around shopping centres and clubs and help them on and off the bus,” Mr Dawson said. “Jim and Jenny make it possible for residents to go attend events, luncheons and appointments, go shopping and enjoy scenic drives.”

“This dynamic duo has built friendships with our residents, and through that friendship they have provided them with ongoing physical and emotional support,” he said. “They are dedicated to the needs of each individual. Nothing is ever too much trouble.”

“Our 800 volunteers are an integral part of the IRT Group team and we are able to fulfil our mission through the continued support of both employees and volunteers,” said Toby Dawson, IRT Foundation Manager.

“IRT’s Volunteer Program, which includes the awards, is designed to ensure that IRT’s volunteers feel valued and rewarded. In the face of a declining trend in the number of people offering to volunteer across Australia, the awards program aims to attract and retain volunteers,” he said.

For more information about volunteering with IRT Group contact Natalie Shipp, Volunteer Coordinator on or call the IRT Foundation team 02 4221 6617


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