Mid North Coast 2014 VOYA
October 10th, 2014
Geoff has volunteered consistently for 9 years with Outback Links, a volunteer program within the Frontier Services organisation that reaches out to remote communities of Australia. He has travelled vast distances across NSW and Australia to volunteer his time and skills for people living on outback stations, facing extremes such as temperature, weather, isolation and cultural differences. To date, Geoff has volunteered at 17 placements across Australia, including 7 in NSW.
In particular, he helps those struggling after a natural disaster, those unable to work due to illness or lends a hand to people struggling with the day-to-day hardship of managing a station, homestead as well as children?s home-schooling commitments. Geoff has fixed fences, put in gardens, helped with mustering, and lent a listening ear to farmers trying to overcome adversity. For example, Geoff helped a farmer at risk of suicide in far west NSW, where Geoff travelled 700kms to assist the family. He helped to relieve the pressure they were facing by providing practical and emotional support. Geoff has a positive, uplifting attitude and breadth of life experience which has enabled him to help in situations which require considerable practical, emotional, and mental skills.
Gregory has been a dedicated volunteer at the Northcott family farm for the past 3 years. He always does what is asked of him, and learns how to do it, if it’s something he can’t do on his own. He does a variety of tasks at the farm including fixing fences, herding cattle, pulling out fire weed, and more. The work he does allows the beef from the cows to be sold direct from farm to people, for freezing and eating, at a lower price than the shops in the region. This helps to support local business and the community.
Phoebe is both a Telephone Crisis Supporter and an In-Shift Supervisor for Lifeline Mid Coast. Through her work as a Telephone Crisis Supporter, Phoebe delivers crisis support and suicide prevention services on the Lifeline Crisis Line. Every minute Phoebe spends on the phone, she is saving lives. As an In-Shift Supervisor, Phoebe is responsible for providing information and help to the Telephone Crisis Support team during severe crisis calls. In addition to her work with Lifeline, Phoebe is the home visit coordinator for Mid North Coast Refugee Support group. She also previously volunteered with For Australia Wildlife Needing Aid (FAWNA) as a wildlife rescuer and rehabilitator, while also running Pug Rescue Charity.
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Great Lakes FM operates a volunteer community radio station that provides a mix of news, music and community information while engaging with and supporting the local community. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and streams online. The team works to provide a range of diverse programs that cater to as wide a section of the local community as possible. They have worked to assess local needs and interests in order to have programing such as the Good Health Program, and well informed community announcements about events and activities.