Volunteer Stories

Sydney Inner West 2014 VOYA

Sydney Inner West 2014 VOYA

9 March 2014

Overall Winner – 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for the Inner West Rose Cox of Strathfield who volunteers with The Exodus Foundation. Rose is just 14 years old and has been volunteering 4 hours every Saturday with The Exodus Foundation, an organisation that supports the independence of vulnerable individuals and families in crisis through...

Wendy Robertson: Volunteer Gardener

Wendy Robertson: Volunteer Gardener

22 July 2013

Wendy Robertson has been a Thursday volunteer gardener with Easy Care Gardening Inc (ECG) since 2004. ECG is a Home and Community Care funded charitable organisation. Teams volunteers work in the gardens of the frail elderly and people with a disability on a pension. The volunteers weed, prune, tidy and mulch so that vulnerable people...

Michael Cluff: 2012 Corporate Volunteer

Michael Cluff: 2012 Corporate Volunteer

21 July 2013

Through the Commonwealth Bank’s employee volunteering program, Michael and his colleagues completely transformed the Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s North Ryde Centre into a bright, fun and accessible centre. Micheal’s efforts led to him taking out the 2012 Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award category. In February of 2012 Michael Cluff and some of his colleagues from...

It is far better to give than receive

It is far better to give than receive

21 July 2013

“I would say to anyone with a little spare time on their hands to try volunteering – there is a saying that it is far better to give than receive. I truly believe this. The joy, the fun and the friendships made over 60 years are proof of this”. Irma Bradford I migrated to Australia...

Helen Lam: Community Visitor

Helen Lam: Community Visitor

21 July 2013

“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”. My mother spent...

Megan Etheridge: Dress for success

Megan Etheridge: Dress for success

21 July 2013

In 2010 Megan Etheridge founded Dress for Success Sydney, a volunteer run charity that outfits disadvantaged women in quality professional attire and provides practical job interview advice. After coming across a similar program in Melbourne, Megan had an ambition to provide the service in Sydney. Her goal was achieved when she established Suited for Work...

Micheala Collins: 2012 Youth Volunteer

Micheala Collins: 2012 Youth Volunteer

21 July 2013

On 5 December 2012, Micheala Collins was named the 2012 Youth Volunteer of the Year for NSW. Micheala volunteers as a Junior Leader for the Blayney Star Girl Guides by planning, running and organising activities for girls aged 5-11. These activities aim at teaching the girls skills they can use in their everyday lives that...

Being a better neighbour

Being a better neighbour

21 July 2013

Being a Better Neighbour start Andrew Heslop founded Neighbour Day in 2003 to encourage people to check on their elderly neighbours. Now Neighbour Day breaks out each year with street parties, barbecues, festivals and other social activities to encourage residents and communities to get together. When hearing the story of an elderly women who was...

Young volunteer with a mission

Young volunteer with a mission

21 July 2013

“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”. Harry Whelan Harry Whelan is truly a remarkable and...

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