For Bruce Moffatt, volunteering with Council started as a transition pathway between full employment and retirement. After spending two years volunteering with council as a community support van driver and as an assistant carer with clients who live in Supported Residential Facilities, he doesn’t ever want to give it up.
Bruce spent his working life in project management, engineering and IT. This is his first volunteer role, “Personally it’s the most rewarding work I've done in my life to be able to help these people. Nothing compares to how rewarding the role is and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”
Bruce works across a number of different community support programs run by Council. He assists the elderly to remain in their homes rather than go into care, by helping them with their shopping and trips out to enrich their lives. He also works with people living with a disability.
He volunteers two days a week and sees it a central aspect in his life, “Every week is a highlight. Every time I go out in the van something happens that makes me think, yeah this is really special. It gives me a real sense of accomplishment to do something that's appreciated and valuable to the community.”
He enjoys bringing happiness to people and his volunteering role is a great way to do this whilst also having a valuable impact on people lives.
He also prides himself of making a good cup of coffee for the people he assists.
“It is great to have an impact on improving their quality of life, even through little things like making them good coffee whilst becoming a friend in the process.”
Having just completed a course in Mental Health First Aid, Bruce thanked the Council for their ongoing support with volunteer training and development, “Up-skilling volunteers is vitally important and Council does a brilliant job of training its volunteers.”
“If anybody is wondering whether they should do voluntary work with council the answer is an emphatic yes, both for yourself and the people you will work with.“