Whether working as a volunteer or socialising as a guest, David Walker is often at SCS’ Lane Cove Community Hub. After volunteering at SCS about four years ago, David has taken up so many SCS social activities that he might be more of a client of our services than a volunteer. Yet he’s here every Thursday catering for social activities such as games afternoons – bridge, chess and solo afternoons – guided by SCS events coordinator, Julie.
He originally contacted SCS offering to do gardening and meal deliveries but, at the time, catering had a greater need so he’s become a valued member of our volunteer kitchen team instead. Meantime, he joined the mobile men’s group which goes out on Bus Outings for Older Men (BOOMers), comes to the Park View Room for the lunches SCS hosts fortnightly, regularly enjoys the monthly movie afternoon here, and comes on other monthly bus trips open to all over-55s (see SCS social activities here ).
“Socialising keeps me going – otherwise I’d just be sitting at home,” says David, who is also very involved with St Aidan’s Church and loves to play tennis.
Tambourine Bay has been home for almost 60 years so David has many local friends and is always making more through the handful of SCS activities he’s taken up – and of course through volunteering.
“Volunteer work is just as social as the outings – the point is to be mixing with people,” says David.