Cafe Chat Discussion

  • Hilary
    Hilary
    Posted on:
    20th Feb 2012 01:37am

    Last Post 14th Sep 2012
    Replies     31

    Volunteer work

    I am interested in learning about what volunteer work people do, how they got started in it, what it involves and what they like about it or not like about it?

  • Tricia
    Tricia
    Posted on:
    21st Feb 2012 12:19am

    Tricia says: I am a volunteer at the MCG.Having said that I believe it to be an individual choice on where you volunteer I find amongst our ranks everyone has a different story many are retireed business people other are teachers, nurses etc in an extremely stressful work situatio.Others like me are caring for parents so see a lot of hospitals so this is ideal for us we are giving back to the community in a way were we represent our club and country to overseas guests. What ever you decide to do find what suits you but the main thing is to enjoy and feel fulfilled what ever it is you choose. Don't wait jump right in you will vet out as much as you give.

  • Hilary
    Hilary
    Posted on:
    21st Feb 2012 12:45am

    Tricia says: I am a volunteer at the MCG.Having said that I believe it to be an individual choice on where you volunteer I find amongst our ranks everyone has a different story many are retireed business people...

    Hilary says: Hi Tricia,
    That would be interesting meeting people from overseas. Volunteering is a good way to meet others. I have volunteered at Meals on Wheels and a reading program at a local primary school. I stopped volunteering but now the kids are grown up I'm wanting to do something again.

  • pobbers
    pobbers
    Posted on:
    16th Mar 2012 08:06pm

    pobbers says: I have been doing volunteering work for nearly 50 years, I started as a teenager,
    helping out with sporting groups.
    I have found that many people of my age have been doing volunteering work all their lives, but there is very few if any younger people coming behind to take over when my age becomes too old to continue.
    I think volunteering is a great time to show other people what can be done in the community. But many people these days think they are too busy to help out in their community.

  • singham
    singham
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 04:44am

    pobbers says: I have been doing volunteering work for nearly 50 years, I started as a teenager,
    helping out with sporting groups.
    I have found that many people of my age have been doing volunteering work...

    singham says: I really happy about the valuable service you have rendered and trying to render as much as you could at this age. Volunteering work is something like a gift and it is not easy to get a volunteering work now There are thousands of Volunteers all over the world rendering a valuable service to the Agedcare & Dissability. To tell you the fact I am now 75 years old active and I have rendered valuable service at the Leprosy Hospital when I was a Teenager. I wish you all the success.

  • woodie
    woodie
    Posted on:
    16th Mar 2012 09:10pm

    woodie says: I have Volunteered in a lot of places over the years including Rural Fire Brigade and was Coordinator for Meals on Wheels. I found the only problem was other Volunteers putting their need before power before the importance of the job. I have also worked doing Adult Literacy Tutoring and for small Government Agencies. The most rewarding work was when I worked for a Cat Rescue place as the Cats and people were appreciative of the work done. There are many good places to Volunteer but depends on coworkers if it will be enjoyable or not. Often there are Volunteers needed for Public Functions and have heard that that is a very fun and rewarding job to do. My experiences weren't good due to the places I worked at but the people I helped appreciated it and that's the main thing. Many people though have good experiences and enjoy the work.

  • mossie
    mossie
    Posted on:
    16th Mar 2012 09:47pm

    mossie says: I work as a volunteer in an emergency food relief centre. Its a rewarding job being able to help people in need. Sometimes they just need someone to listen to them and someone who understands their problems.
    I have been doing this since the centre started 6 years ago.

    I also volunteer for the local CFA. I am a member of the CFA's ladies auxiliary and I help cater to provide food for the firies when they are fighting fires.

    I love my volunteer work.

    I am on a disability pension with a lot of health problems. Volunteering also helps me to focus on something else besides my health

  • Meerkat 45
    Meerkat 45
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 12:28am

    Meerkat 45 says: I volunteer with my local police. I go twice a week and love doing it. I meet and greet people that come into the station and then pass their query onto an officer who can help them. Volunteer work is most satisfying as far as I am concerned because of the satisfaction I get from it.
    Tanya

  • bundy
    bundy
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 08:33am

    bundy says: I volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Most delivery runs are in the late mornning, so it works in well with family commitments. Delivering hot meals to those unable to care for themselves is a worthwhile thing to do. You get to visit, talk and make friendships with the clients, get to know fellow volunteers.'
    On the downside - a vehicle is needed (your own as the driver - or you go with someone else as a helper) - petrol voucher reimburses your fuel costs.
    Rosters allow you to pick the days and frequency that suit you best.
    The 2 hours I spend once a week, puts a smile on my face for the rest of the week.

  • glendaj
    glendaj
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 08:51am

    glendaj says: i volunteer at the local library each week as a Justice of the Peace. When I retired I saw an ad in the local paper and replied. i have been there for nearly three years and love it. The people you meet while providing this service are varied in nationalities and, professions and they are grateful for the service we provide. The staff also are very friendly and it is an absolute pleasure to go each week . I love it!

  • lonewolf
    lonewolf
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 11:20am

    lonewolf says: I am a member of my local SES , I think it is great and learn a lot of skills so that I may help my community in times of need, plus there is great companionship with meeting new people.

    from Lonewolf

  • Storm
    Storm
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 05:30pm

    lonewolf says: I am a member of my local SES , I think it is great and learn a lot of skills so that I may help my community in times of need, plus there is great companionship with meeting new people....

    Storm says: Fully agree with you about SES. Both of my daughters, my sister and one of her sons and I are all members too. One of my daughters has been all over Australia helping as out of area assistance after natural disasters and the last couple of weeks we have had our own minor flooding. It's a great way to give back to the community. I have also volunteered at our local music festival and the recent sand sculpting event. I love meeting people from all over and sharing a laugh.

  • wattle
    wattle
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 12:08pm

    wattle says:

    I AM A VOLUNTEER FOR lAYCOCK STREET THEATRE IN GOSFORD I LOVE IT IT BEATS STAYING HOME AND WATCHING T.V PLUS YOU ARE HELPING THE ARTS. IT A LOCAL THEATRE YOU MEET A LOT OF DIFFERENCE PEOPLE AND YOU GET TO SEE THE SHOWS.AT CHRISTMAS YOU GET TO SEE A LOT OF DANCE SCHOOL AS I AM ALONE NOW IT A GREAT WAY TO GET OUT AND ABOUT

  • liz
    liz
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 02:51pm

    liz says: My husband and I volunteer for an organisation which sends containers of goods to Romania. Its an extremely poor country, the people have very little or no income, and there is very little to buy even if they did have any money. We send new clothing and shoes, blankets, household linen etc, and refurbished furniture, hospital equipment, bikes, prams etc. Local Christian pastors are in charge of fair distribution so we are confident that the goods get to where they are needed. We work alongside Romanians here in Melbourne, who know the needs of their countrymen. We spend a lot of time sorting, counting and packing, and my husband cleans and repairs the bikes, prams, medical equipment. I also knit blankets which keeps me occupied in the evening while watching TV. The containers go hopefully twice a year, and we rely on donations to buy and ship them. Our group is associated with 2 orphanages, and an aged care home, which was built from scratch on a pastors piece of land and furnished and equipped by gifts from Australia. We love doing this work, and feel that what people throw out, someone else can use. We are such a wasteful society here, but we are doing our bit to recycle all the good stuff that others don't want.

  • daisy
    daisy
    Posted on:
    31st Mar 2012 12:05am

    liz says: My husband and I volunteer for an organisation which sends containers of goods to Romania. Its an extremely poor country, the people have very little or no income, and there is very little to buy...

    daisy says: hello Liz Iam robyn iam pleased and very blessed that you go and do some volunteerwork its good you can take the time and go and help some one else that is in need and needs some to lean on and chat and do the work you do.its good isnt it Liz for the social aspect of it as well and you are meeting new friends as well and you can share with each other cant you its like you are achristian are you?? Ido volunteer work as wellat least its some thing you can go to and lookforward to it cant you.keep up with your volunteer work Liz and nice reading your story fromRobyn

  • liz
    liz
    Posted on:
    1st Apr 2012 12:03pm

    daisy says: hello Liz Iam robyn iam pleased and very blessed that you go and do some volunteerwork its good you can take the time and go and help some one else that is in need and needs some to lean on and...

    liz says: Hello Robyn, thanks for the encouragement. Yes we are Christians and would do more if we had better health. I should mention that my darling husband also volunteers as a Driver mentor for young people who don't have access to a car, to help them get the 120 hours they need before they get a licence. Its a scheme run through the local council who supply the car and fuel but all the mentors are volunteers who have done a course first. My husband also volunteers as a guinea pig in various medical areas and has just done a big study at the Austin hospital on pre-Alzheimers. He hasn't got it but its in his family and they want to record brain changes from normal to dementia. He has also trialed various diabetes drugs over the years. We like to help where we can.

  • daisy
    daisy
    Posted on:
    1st Apr 2012 11:02pm

    liz says: Hello Robyn, thanks for the encouragement. Yes we are Christians and would do more if we had better health. I should mention that my darling husband also volunteers as a Driver mentor for young...

    daisy says: idont mean to pry into your private life where are you fromand what Qualifactions do you havereason for asking that is Iwork at voluntry work at Alizhimers Australia in Tasmania have done for 5yearshave you got qualifications in social work area we have day club and our social workers go into peoples homes and help people out that have Alhimers and dementia have you sought help for the people in your family so its not so hard on the carers it is tuff work how it works an assesment has to be made by Gp and then ameeting will be arrangedto see where they are at and they will give the help thats neededand theres also help availbe 24hors aday people with Alzhimers dont like noise Ihope this helps you wasnt trying to be nosy robyn

  • daisy
    daisy
    Posted on:
    1st Apr 2012 11:04pm

    liz says: Hello Robyn, thanks for the encouragement. Yes we are Christians and would do more if we had better health. I should mention that my darling husband also volunteers as a Driver mentor for young...

    daisy says: idont mean to pry into your private life where are you fromand what Qualifactions do you havereason for asking that is Iwork at voluntry work at Alizhimers Australia in Tasmania have done for 5yearshave you got qualifications in social work area we have day club and our social workers go into peoples homes and help people out that have Alhimers and dementia have you sought help for the people in your family so its not so hard on the carers it is tuff work how it works an assesment has to be made by Gp and then ameeting will be arrangedto see where they are at and they will give the help thats neededand theres also help availbe 24hors aday people with Alzhimers dont like noise Ihope this helps you wasnt trying to be nosy robyn

  • daisy
    daisy
    Posted on:
    1st Apr 2012 11:05pm

    liz says: Hello Robyn, thanks for the encouragement. Yes we are Christians and would do more if we had better health. I should mention that my darling husband also volunteers as a Driver mentor for young...

    daisy says: idont mean to pry into your private life where are you fromand what Qualifactions do you havereason for asking that is Iwork at voluntry work at Alizhimers Australia in Tasmania have done for 5yearshave you got qualifications in social work area we have day club and our social workers go into peoples homes and help people out that have Alhimers and dementia have you sought help for the people in your family so its not so hard on the carers it is tuff work how it works an assesment has to be made by Gp and then ameeting will be arrangedto see where they are at and they will give the help thats neededand theres also help availbe 24hors aday people with Alzhimers dont like noise Ihope this helps you wasnt trying to be nosy robyn

  • Lil
    Lil
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 06:13pm

    Lil says: I've taken part in a variey of areas of voluntary work over many years. It is rewarding to be able to help others as well as a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, My latest 'work' is in a regional art gallery where I meet and greet people visiting the exhibitions. I'm also involved with setting up the exhibitions and often get to meet the artists at the openings. This is a very satisfying way of meeting my need to be creative and to be involed in diverse and exciting arts

  • Astrojunkie
    Astrojunkie
    Posted on:
    17th Mar 2012 11:58pm

    Astrojunkie says: I used to run on my own, charity stalls for World Vision and some environmental//wildlife/animal rights organisations. I currently help and have helped on street collections for Zealandia-Karori wildlife Sanctuary, SAFE, WWFNZ, Barnado's, Foundation for the Blind.... I have helped at the Wellington SPCA's catrun, from where I adopted a cat, who now wins good places at cat shows. I also sing with a pianist at a retirement home. I have always had an interest in and a concern for all environment issues and have helped in one way or another to bring about public awareness. Should I add that I do these things despite having cerebral palsy?

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