David is a Community Support Worker and has been volunteering with DIVRS for close to 3 years. He brings a level of passion and commitment to the role that is evident in his successful and positive interactions with clients. What is your role? To assist the community of Darebin with services that DIVRS provide. What are your highlights? I started volunteering with DIVRS by helping out with stocking the Foodstore. I was then asked if I would like to be a Community Support Worker (CSW) and do the training. This is my highlight. My other highlight is being part of a team that are friendly. It’s a pleasure to come in to DIVRS to volunteer. What’s your advice to someone who is considering volunteer work? I would say to give it a go. It would be ideal if you are a giving person and a team player.
Anne is a member of the Urban Food team and started volunteering in the DIVRS backyard 14 months ago. Her warm smile and can do attitude have been an asset to the team. What is your role? To help out in the DIVRS garden and sometimes with Fresh Food preparation on a Monday morning. What are your highlights? I can’t grow anything at home due to my dog so I love and enjoy working in the garden at DIVRS. I can see the progress of my work in planting different veges and herbs in the garden at DIVRS and this has been a highlight. I have also learnt a lot from the horticulturalist at DIVRS. What’s your advice to someone who is considering volunteer work? Just go for it. Volunteering is the best way of meeting people. There are so many ways to get involved in volunteering and different places you can volunteer.
As the newest member to the NILS team, Yanina has been with DIVRS since the start of 2017. Her earlier role in Tax Help inspired her to continue with DIVRS and we are fortunate to have her high levels of skill and experience. What is your role? Assisting people with their NILS applications and also helping with any behind-the-scene tasks such as creating promotional material or payments matching. What are your highlights? Being part of a really committed group is such as an inspiration to me. At DIVRS there is always an opportunity to give a hand to someone and at the same time, to receive a smile back. It is also very rewarding giving good news to clients and being part of that process. What’s your advice to someone who is considering volunteer work? Volunteer work is something that everyone should have the chance to experience at least once in life. Being part of a not for profit organisation is an inspiring, rewarding and enriching experience that will also help us learn new skills and develop our innate human qualities. The whole community benefits from volunteer work. Try it and you will not be disappointed.
Roger came to DIVRS as a retired School Principal (PARADE) Clinical Psychologist and Education Consultant in 2012, since this time he has supervised 1,263 hours of driving. What is your role? To mentor young people and help get their driving hours up. What are your highlights? There are many highlights including being together with young people who energise me to no end. Getting to know them and even their families has been a positive highlight for me. I can see the enormous benefits of the program which has helped young people to access driving where they may not have had the opportunity due to financial stress. I feel like I get more from the program than I put in. I’ve learnt to appreciate young people’s perspective. It’s great to get their input and gain such insight from them. Lastly, an important outcome for young people as I see it is that the program helps to structure their lives and get them out and doing something. What’s your advice to someone who is considering volunteer work? Volunteering in Australia today is absolutely extraordinary. It doesn’t take much time and there are so many avenues for volunteering whether you have one hour or three or more to give. I thoroughly endorse and encourage people to try volunteering. It’s the life blood of Australian society.