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Meet our Volunteers

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Meet our Volunteer – Jill McAtamney

Jill McAtamney is a volunteer for young and old. She now visits seniors as part of Sydney Community Services’ In-home Visiting Program. When she first came to Sydney from Queensland in 2000 as a teacher, [...]

Meet our volunteer visitor – Janine Hannan

    When she retired about 20 years ago to look after her ill husband, Janine Hannan found she had some time on her hands. Then,  as she was walking down Victoria Road in Gladesville, [...]

Meet our volunteer – Denis Morris

 Denis Morris has been helping people out one way or another since the early 1980s.  After the army he became a taxi driver and was still driving cabs when he became a director of Lane [...]

Meet our volunteer gardener– Azka Hameed

No stranger to the benefits of volunteering,  twenty-something Azka Hameed puts her hand up as often as possible. Nevertheless, she was surprised at one of the benefits of volunteering as a gardener for Sydney [...]

Meet our volunteer, Tor Caush, meals on wheels

When invited in 2010 to buddy with a friend for meals-on-wheels deliveries, Tor Caush didn’t know she’d still be volunteering  in 2018. “At first it was a great way to spend time together, to catch up [...]

Meet our Volunteer: Helen Kottler, gardener

Volunteering as a gardener with Sydney Community Services has been “a lifesaver”, says new gardening team member, Helen Kottler. “It’s good for me to focus on other people’s concerns. I call gardening ‘weed therapy’!  To be [...]

Volunteer Community Visitor Scheme Program

Tereza Seric, Volunteer Community Visitor Scheme Program

Tereza Seric, Volunteer Community Visitor Scheme Program

“In a world with over six billion people one of the very last things one should be without is company and friendship.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Audrey four years ago. My mother is a volunteer of the Gladesville Community Centre and after befriending a very charismatic Audrey, wished for me to meet her. Upon meeting her, we became instant friends. I began visiting Audrey frequently; helping her with Christmas decorations, then came the beloved afternoon coffee, lunch and shopping sessions which we now share together whenever we get the chance…

People are often misguided in believing that volunteering to visit someone like I have done with Audrey is a totally selfless, kind act, which requires considerable sacrifice. They often ignore or simply forget the possibility of there being someone on the other side, ready and completely capable of reciprocating the friendship.

In our time together Audrey and I have shared many laughs, many good coffees, even better cakes and a friendship so unique that is testimony to its long running success! …

When you have the pleasure of seeing the happiness you are capable of bringing to someone with your presence alone, you realise that being a volunteer is one of the easiest ways to make a change to someone’s life…

We often search for the big projects to satisfy our need to contribute to the world and often forget that the greatest change of all may be waiting for us right in our neighbourhood, like in my case a ten minute walk to Audrey’s!”


Julijana and Lorena, Volunteer Visiting Program

Julijana and Lorena, Volunteer Visiting Program

Julijana: “I enjoy time spending with Lorena; we always have a lot to talk about as we have so many interests in common. She also takes me to shops, to doctor’s and other appointments and is genuinely interested to help me. My English is not very good so her help means a lot to me. I consider her to be my friend.”

Lorena: “I’ve been visiting Julijana for about two years now; we always have interesting conversations and I really enjoy time that we spend together. She is very open and honest person, and is a joy to talk to, so it’s very easy to like her. She is always nice and welcoming when I visit her. Helping her with whatever she needs has always been truly satisfying experience for me. She’s a great friend!”


Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain

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