Regis Sunraysia recently held a special event to award resident Bryan with his badge for completing his Resident Buddy Program training. Bryan was quite moved by the event where respite resident Bill returned to the facility along with his family to personally thank Bryan for his companionship during his stay and to give Bryan a special gift.

During his 18 months living with Regis, Bryan has immersed himself in community activities and enjoys helping out with the footy tipping and bingo. Taking a positive interest in our other residents’ welfare is second nature to Bryan. When he saw the flyer asking for volunteers for the Resident Buddy Program, Bryan immediately put up his hand. As a part of the program Bryan assists with welcoming respite and new residents to Regis Sunraysia. Bryan will spend lunchtimes with the new residents and accompanies them to lifestyle activities so that they feel a part of the community.

The Resident Buddy Program has been a wonderful success, Bryan wears his badge with pride and we are lucky to have residents like him involved.