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Meet our volunteer  – Eileen Lim, gardener, linguist and curatorial researcher

The volunteering bug seems to have bitten Eileen Lim since her retirement from marketing – for which she planned things she’d never tried before. She now has a packed schedule: Tuesdays and Wednesdays she volunteers as a curatorial research assistant at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, working with her cousin who is the Senior Fashion [...]

Meet our Volunteer – Reza Alizadeh

Reza Alizadeh volunteered at Sydney Community Services even before he retired. He was working as a handyman elsewhere and had a day off mid-week, so he put his hand up for similar work supporting SCS’s Home Modifications and Maintenance team. This team of qualified tradesmen does everything from small jobs through to retrofitting ramps and [...]

Gardening boosts wellbeing

The Botanic Gardens Community Greening team and Sydney Community Services (SCS) volunteer gardeners collaborate to develop community gardens for social housing residents in Hunters Hill. Two wonderfully industrious days in June saw the two teams replace decrepit garden beds that produced fruit and vegies, herbs and flowers for Meyers Ave residents for many years. Meyers [...]


Sing praises for local heroes

Victoria Caush, an awarded SCS volunteer who  volunteers on our delivered meals service Exceptional individuals who contribute to the wider world should not go unsung, and local deeds were recognised late May by Lane Cove’s Annual Citizenship Awards and Ryde Council’s Volunteer Recognition Awards.  More than 100 people attended the Lane Cove celebration [...]

There is such a thing as a free lunch

You might have recently seen TV coverage of Christmas lunches laid on by Rev. Bill Crews and his Exodus Foundation team which just celebrated its 33rd Christmas with people who are homeless. Last Christmas Day, Exodus fed thousands who found a friendly welcome and great catering under the Foundation’s big marquee in Ashfield. Yet you [...]

Meet our volunteer – Pam Bruce

When she retired a few years ago from customer service at a Lane Cove village bank, Pam Bruce wanted to keep in touch with people and the area ... so her thoughts turned to volunteering. Pam is from Marsfield yet Lane Cove is where she likes shopping, and keeps appointments with professionals she’s known for [...]

Meet our client – Linda Chen

Learning a new language in her mid-sixties and ongoing study in her seventies did not daunt Linda Chen, who spoke Mandarin and Shangainese when she migrated to Australia from Shanghai  in 1995 with her husband, Yong li Su. Her grasp of English began when a visitor, arranged through SCS’ Community Visitors Scheme (CVS), began fortnightly visits (CVS [...]

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