Volunteer Stories

We’ve trawled Australia and the world, looking for dedicated volunteers with an interesting story to tell and we think we’ve found a few of them. Below are their stories. Want to tell us your volunteer story? We are always interested in talking to volunteers and spreading the message of not just how volunteering helps the community, but also how it can help you. Just email your details to info@volunteering.com.au and we will contact you for an interview.

Peter Batcheler

ABC Volunteer Tour Guide
"I get an enormous amount of satisfaction from the role of Tour Guide at the ABC. I am providing a service that would not necessarily be available for the community and am working with like-minded people. I like being active and involved, keeping my mind sharp, imparting knowledge, meeting and talking with people – no real pressure, just plain having a good time".

Kirralee Phillips

Youth Development
What organisation did you support? The Centre for Volunteering as a Youth ...

Helen Lam

Community visitor with the Central Area Health Service
"Just as much as I have brought joy into the lives of those I have met through working as a Community Visitor with the Central Area Health Service over the years, so they have enriched mine. I know now how I can grow old gracefully and how pointless accumulating material possessions is".

Lauren McQueen

What organisation do you support?: The Centre for Volunteering as a Youth ...

Andrew Heslop

2012 NSW Volunteer of the Year
"I have worked with some inspiring volunteers along the way that continue to show me the true spirit of the community".

Yaniv Levy

Social Media Officer
What organisation you support: The Centre for Volunteering as a Social Media ...

Micheala Collins

2012 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year
"Volunteering allows you to make a difference, no matter how small, to the lives of others."

Harry Whelan

Young volunteer with a mission
"Initially I just wanted to become more active in my community by being involved in local youth affairs but, in time, this has evolved into something much greater. Gradually I saw a need to enable and motivate other young people to speak up and speak out".

Michael Cluff

2012 NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year
"The depth and breadth of what people do through their volunteering is truly inspirational".