Volunteer

True Stories: Helen Walker – Multi-skilling was a prerequisite when I entered the sector!

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I oversee the service and systems management of my organisation, including financial management, staff supervision and support. I also coordinate service funding and policy development, reporting to the Board of Management and liaison with the community and our funding bodies.

I entered the community sector as a volunteer. I had just moved to a totally new area and had three young sons, two with disabilities. I desperately needed an outlet and contact within the local community.

I started as a meals on wheels driver and then worked as an office receptionist at the local neighbourhood centre, before being employed as the ‘pay person’ at the centre.

True Stories: Cecily Michaels – Value from being a volunteer!

As a person who has volunteered since my school days I find my position with TRI Community Exchange very rewarding as it is an incredible organisation to work for, under the inspirational guidance and direction of Jane Uff and my brilliant colleagues, who are all dedicated, talented and inspiring people. It is an honour to be a part of such a team.Cecily-Michaels_Tri-Community_edited

My role is to inspire people to volunteer for Home and Community Care (HACC) services for the frail aged and people with a disability, so they can remain in their homes. The other part of my role is to support these services in recruiting, training, managing and retaining volunteers.

TRI makes many worthy contributions to the sector through their affordable and competent computer and IT skills training, communityNet news, information and resource website for the community sector, and in its work with multicultural communities in the Nepean, Hawksbury and Blue Mountains regions.

I also volunteer as a Board Member of the Springwood Neighbourhood Centre Cooperative and also as a Project Manager for a prevention project in the occupied Palestinian Territories, against gender based violence, particularly targeting children and incest. I have just returned from a 3 week monitoring trip and am humbled by the incredible work this small partner organisation is undertaking with only volunteer staff.

True Stories: Bryn Hoskins – Volunteering to employment!

Photo of Bryn Hoskins VolunteeringI work in Frontline Support as a Support Worker at The Mai-Wel Group in Newcastle. Mai-Wel has a Day Centre and offers Community Access programs in Skills Development and Social Participation. In my role, I support individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities to access the community and realise their potential. Never had thought that my volunteering would lead to employment!

Eight years ago I completed a trade as a plant mechanic. I was not satisfied to continue to pursue this trade as my vocation. I worked casually and intermittently for 12 months before having a discussion with a friend about his current volunteer work. I thought it sounded interesting and decided volunteering one day a week was just the thing for me.

After three months of volunteering  I was offered a casual position which quickly grew into a permanent role. I have been with the same employer for seven years now and have never regretted my change in vocation. From the moment I began my volunteering work I knew I had an opportunity to have a profession which was fun, interesting and, most of all, personally satisfying.

Bryn Hoskins

Support Worker

The Mai-Wel Group