At the heart of any strong community is a willingness to help, and Havilah has a wonderfully strong team of volunteers who happily give themselves to assisting the residents and their families in many different ways. Whether it is catering, entertaining, helping with transport or simply being available for a cup of tea and a chat, there's always someone at Havilah ready to share their time.
Ken and Maureen Evans are two such people. For ten years they have helped with the Xmas BBQs, driving the bus, helping with the canteen and making sure residents can get to doctor appointments. Maureen's mother was at Havilah, and their involvement started then. "We can relate to the residents," says Ken. "It's pretty poor if you can't give something back to society in your life."
One person who could never be accused of not giving back to society is Bob Osborne. Renowned for his willingness to help promote and assist Maryborough in so many ways - from sport to council representation to entertainment - Bob volunteers to help entertain the residents at Havilah by singing with the Wattle City Players and other groups each week.
"Don't ask me how many years I've been doing this," he says. "I just enjoy entertaining people, and enjoy singing."
Bob is adamant about the importance of volunteering. "It's the backbone of society. We need to encourage people to volunteer whenever they can."
Two newer volunteers are Robyn Wagstaff and Marjorie Beaumont. Robyn has been giving her time at Havilah for two years; Marjorie for 18 months.
They help run the bingo and indoor bowls, help with meals, and Robyn drives the residents on outings in the bus - going to Castlemaine, Bendigo, Ballarat or just nearby.
"I love the residents. I get on really well with them. It's good to make them happy, see them smile."