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Amazing Volunteer Stories

Volunteers contribute to positive change in the community and making the world a better place! Meet some amazing volunteers and be inspired by their stories.

Meet Britta..

I started volunteering for PETS OF OLDER PERSONS in 2015 and love walking dogs and being out in nature.  Helping the owners is a bonus as the elderly clients are very lovely and grateful.

The dogs are so happy to get out, they often wait by the window and are so excited when they hear my car. It makes me very happy to know that I enable the owners to keep their beloved pets and to know that the dogs have a loving home plus getting their fun and exercise with me.

As part of being a Poops volunteer I was also able to set up fundraisers and help dogs in need, i.e. funding an operation for a dog that had a torn crucial ligament. I also organized birthday parties for the doggies and outings to the beach.

It is all part of being a POOPS volunteer and I would not want to miss it. It now has become part of my life and I met some very special people along the way.

POOPS is a great organization to volunteer for, everyone is so supportive and passionate.

Meet Alison..

I volunteer at Bateman Primary School doing all of their gardens. I started 3 years ago after moving to part time work and found myself with heaps of time on my hands. Working a high powered job I was bored at home and all my gardens were done. I love gardening and noticed that Bateman Primary School grounds could do with a little more TLC, despite the hard working school gardener. The school covers a huge block with both formal, native and virgin bush gardens, which was way too much for one person. Having no fences around the school it is truly open to the community, and the Principal was keen to bring the community into the school. I began slowly clearing weeds and doing edges, then moved to pruning, mulching and creating sustainable native gardens. I have now designed a complete unique Bush Tucker area for the school students, staff and local community, turning an used area into a place of beauty for the school's 50th anniversary year with the help of the City of Melville's Robin Hood Project. Creating several outdoor garden rooms and an outdoor Education Classroom for the students has been a highlight of our Bush Tucker Garden.

A thriving kitchen garden and chooks complete the outdoor area that I now manage in my role on the Bateman P&C. Having seen all the positive changes, we have been very fortunate that many locals and parents are now also wanting to get involved - weeding, watering, mulching, planting or simply donating plants as they see the transformation and stop for a chat. Our small team is doing great things and we would warmly welcome any other volunteers to assist us. Everyone can do something in the garden and it's a great way to keep fit, find new muscles you didn't know you had and make new friends - you don't just need a green thumb! As we move towards creating a Kitchen Garden and Bush Tucker garden that will produce enough fruit and vegetables for the students to cook and us to sell in a local monthly market, so that we can become sustainable, everyone's input is welcome. Don't be a stranger come and join in.  

Meet Dixie..

I joined Starting over Support as a volunteer after hearing about the program from fellow colleagues from my other volunteering role with Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula. 

At the time I felt the program sounded so worthwhile.  I have volunteered now for over two years and can certainly testify that’s the case.  It’s a wonderful thing to not just want to be able to help and support those in need, but to be a part of this organisation where this happens every day.

I have two roles at SOS; Administration where I speak to members of the wider community who call to offer donations of household goods and furniture, and I also help with the many family referrals selecting and packing all the items that each family or individual may need. 

Our hope every day is that we can make a difference in their lives no matter how small.  We all love it so much when we get to pack extra things for the children.  We don’t get to see these folks of course, but we often sit and think just how excited the littles ones will be when they open their packages or their backpacks that are full of fun things they may not be expecting.

These past months, I have also volunteered on the Touchpoint team.  That’s been such a wonderful support program for so many isolated folks.   It’s also been so very humbling to be able to check on them, just have a chat and make them feel they are not alone.

Meet Penny..

I volunteer at Boronia House—a pre-release centre for women prisoners—as a sewing tutor. I wanted to contribute to the community by offering training in a valuable and enjoyable life skill to women who have not previously had the opportunity to learn it. I am very new to the role but am rewarded every time one of the ladies achieves some mastery of a particular skill. Their enjoyment of the class is a delight. The regulations surrounding being a volunteer at Boronia House are necessarily stringent but I feel it is worth undergoing the process to hopefully become a part of making a positive difference in these ladies’ lives.

Photographer Jessica Wild

Meet Robbie..

Winston Churchill said “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give!”

We have found this to be such a true statement.

When my wife and I arrived in Melville from the UK two years ago we were looking to spend our retirement years in this wonderful location. However we also wanted to put something into the community.

Having spent a great portion of our business life involved in live theatre we were looking for something that would be a good fit for us.

Finding Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle was a dream come true. It combines everything we could ask for.

A wonderfully creative company who have children very much in mind, a great team of people and an exciting working space.

Being a volunteer at Spare Parts is also good for our mental health as well as everything else. We are both stimulated and rewarded at the same time.

Being around such vibrant creativity brings out the ‘inner child’ in us…how good is that!

Thank you, Spare Parts, for letting us be a part of your world…!

Photographer Jessica Wild

Meet Angela..

I volunteer at the Melville Senior High School Canteen as I wanted to contribute to the local community in a positive, helpful way. The generosity of spirit that comes from the team leader makes for an enjoyable workplace. Everyone is supportive and patient, in an environment that is busy and happy. The students are provided with excellent food variety of the healthiest kind and are a delight to interact with. To sell out all the food you made is a thrill. If you are looking to work in a friendly, extremely efficient and productive kitchen where you will be appreciated, this might be the job for you. Every day is different and interesting and memorable!

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