On Friday the 2nd of September, the Lifeskills Work Experience class was lucky enough to have a visit by Frank of the Volunteers of Banyule.
The discussion was friendly, with many questions asked of Frank by the Participants, and a lot of interest shown in what he had to say.
Frank spoke to the group about a lot of the local opportunities to Volunteer, such as:
Blue Cross Animal Shelter,
Events – like the recent ‘Wellness Walk’ by Olivier Newton John,
Sporting Clubs – cycling, running, ball sports, pony club,
Environment Groups - like the Waterways,
- Retirement or Nursing Homes, amongst many others.
Participants also discovered there is the Volunteers of Whittlesea and the Volunteers of Manningham as well, so it’s always a good idea to look in your local area.
Frank, who is a volunteer himself, spoke very highly about the many benefits to Volunteering as a genuine and accessible Work Experience. He explained how there are many fold benefits, including:
being exposed to a genuine work-place environment,
experiencing the discipline and commitment required to successfullyhold a job,
engaging with other work colleagues,
knowing the time and work out-put a job requires
having the increased confidence of achieving
the enormous benefit to the community and those less fortunate
the sense of personal pride that only comes from helping others.
It was noted that although Volunteering does not pay, a work experience that offers a token $5 per day is no more valuable than Volunteering – it can’t all be about the $5!!!!!!
Frank is booked to come to Lifeskills to speak with another group of Participants and I would recommend you attend if you can.
Thanks to Frank for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit with us.