Anne is a member of the Urban Food team and started volunteering in the DIVRS backyard. 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.
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.