There are many ways to get involved and support Fernlea House. Here are some of the options:


  • Target Audience
    • people over 18 with the required attributes
  • Attributes include
    • mature minded, responsible, interest in palliative care, good communication, empathy, sense of humour, emotionally stable, willing to commit to regular work, like having fun and helping others.
  • Prerequisites
    • Attend interviews, training and induction
    • Commit to volunteer for 12 months
    • Attend regular continuing training and education sessions
  • Benefits
    • A great deal of satisfaction
    • A high level of fulfillment
    • Have fun
    • Meets lots of great people
    • Feel part of the team
    • Feel valued for your contribution
  • Why do it?
    • You are helping to improve the quality of life for people with life limiting illnesses, their carers and families
    • To share your interests and experience with others
    • Support people in your local community
    • To meet others and feel part of a wonderful life journey
  • How?


  • Target audience – anyone over the age of 18
  • Cost - $20 per annum.
  • Prerequisites
    • an interest in what Fernlea House does
  • Benefits
    • Get priority notification and invitations to events & activities
  • Why do it?
    • Be part of this great community organisation
    • Sustain a community service for the community
  • How?
    • Print off and complete a Membership Nomination Form and send it to Fernlea House at PO BOX 117, Emerald VIC 3782.
    • Payment will be requested upon approval from the Board of Directors.


  • Target audience – a Fernlea House Inc. Member, with skills to support Fernlea’s Governance.
  • Prerequisites
    • An interest in Fernlea House
    • Skills to offer the Board (Eg. finance, marketing, planning, legal, chairing, fundraising, HR, management, administration etc)
    • Previous experience in a community organisation (an advantage but not required)
    • Access to internet and email.
    • Able to commit some time each month for meetings
  • Benefits
    • Becoming part of a committed team of people
    • Strong management support for BOD
    • Feeling good about helping to keep such services in the hills.
    • Makes you feel worthwhile
  • Why do it?
    • To share your experience and expertise for the benefit of the community
    • Help support the increased demand for services
  • How?
    • Contact Board of Director Barry Thomson 0403 046 802, or CEO Sue McIvor 5968 6639 to discuss.
    • Nominate for a position at the AGM
    • Email for further information.


  • A one off donation over $2 is tax deductible and receipts will be sent for tax purposes.
  • See the DONATE HERE button on the home page of the website (in the top right hand corner).
  • Via Direct Deposit.  Please contact Kelly at the Fernlea Office for our account information.
  • Pop in and see one of the friendly staff at Fernlea House with your donation.


  • Regular donations are also tax deductible, and receipts will be sent for your tax purposes
  • Regular donations can be made on the DONATE HERE button on the home page of the website (in the top right hand corner).
  • Via Direct Deposit.  Please contact Kelly at the Fernlea Office for our account information
  • Send in a cheque.


  • $2 – box of tissues
  • $5 – box of tea bags, ream of paper, a sheet of craft stickers or a bottle of hand sanitiser
  • $10 – a birthday cake for a guest or a box of bathroom hand towels
  • $25 – guest transport expenses
  • $50 – 50 stamps, craft paint or canvasses
  • $100 – 1 months gardening or morning tea and lunch for a day
  • $250 – cover costs for one guest for a day
  • $500 – pay the phone bill for a month
  • $800 – service the bus or purchase a new vacuum cleaner
  • $1000 –pay a plumber to install sink on back veranda for guest outdoor gardening activities
  • $1500 – purchase a new computer
  • $3000 – install drainage and concrete carport
  • $6000 – cover in walkway canopy to keep our guests dry to their transport
  • In Memory Gifts & Bequests

In today’s world, people often like to give In Memory Gifts when a loved one has passed away or to remember them on a special anniversary.
Fernlea House can provide envelopes at the funeral service and send a card to the family acknowledging the gifts received.  Individual tax receipts can be sent to each person donating.
If you would like to consider this, please ring one of our friendly staff on 5968 6639 for further details and support.

  • Bequests

You might like to make a bequest to Fernlea House in your will.  Simply call on of our friendly staff on 5968 6639 for more information and support.  All calls are confidential and there is no obligation to go ahead.