Deb – L2P Volunteer
Thanks to our wonderful volunteer, Deb, for this giving us this great story for National Volunteer Week! Read on to learn about her story.
I’ve lived in Melton for approximately 40 years. I’ve always wanted to volunteer but never had the time due to family and work commitments.
Since stepping down from full time employment a few years ago, I’ve had more time on my hands to do the things I’ve wanted to do.
I am naturally quiet so I wasn’t sure I would have what it takes to volunteer, I had a lot of doubts but didn’t want to die wondering to be honest.
In the end, I thought, “If I really don’t like it or it’s not for me, then I can just do it for a short time and step back”.
The L2P Program, through TAC was what I chose. I’d always known about the program through my work in the education sector so I put my name down.
I reckon I’m a good driver, helped my kids to get their licenses and thought I could help someone else get theirs who had no one or no car.
The process was easy, the group was really welcoming and Djerriwarrh is really supportive.
My advice to those who are considering volunteering would be to give it a go, there’s no obligation if you find it’s just not for you then you can step away.
I love volunteering so much, that I also put my name down as a Volunteer Tutor. I meet every week with a lovely lady from Libya (by zoom or face to face).
We have the best conversations, her English and understanding of Australia is improving and I have a better understanding of the journey of refugees.