National Volunteer Week and we are celebrating our passionate and dedicated volunteers who help us run amazing programs and services in the community.
Volunteer Community Bus Drivers
This week is
National Volunteer Week, and we are celebrating our passionate and dedicated volunteers who help us run amazing programs and services in the community.
Meet Paul from Semaphore and Mick from North Haven, two of our newly accredited volunteer bus drivers, who started in April. Our community bus services operate in the gaps left by Adelaide Metro, to make it quicker and easier for people to get around the suburbs. They provide transport to regional shopping centres, libraries and other facilities in between.
Paul says his favorite part of the role is, "helping people to get to the shops when they don’t have any other way of getting there". Both Paul and Mick say they love giving back to the community and interacting with the variety of people who get onto the bus.
The City of PAE Community Bus Service provides a fixed route service for all residents, especially for those who are unable to access public transport and have a limited income. There are three fixed circuits operating over the whole of the Council area. The buses are driven by accredited volunteer drivers who are committed to providing a high quality service to their community. For more information visit www.cityofpae.sa.gov.au or give us a call on 8405 6600.
As one part of their volunteering roles at the City of PAE, Clive Goldsmith, Norma Hennessy and Kay Moody teach a English as a second language classes twice a week at Enfield Library.
Norma relates well with her students. As a migrant herself, she has experienced the difficulty of settling in a new country with a different language, “I found out lots of women from cultural backgrounds don’t have any kind of education where they come from as they didn’t go to school. They literally have to learn to be literate when they come to Australia and it is very rewarding to help them".
Norma and Clive also teach English to people of different ages and levels of understanding. Every person that comes to the class presents an enjoyable new challenge for the teachers, who often use hand signals and gestures to get to the point and work from there.
Clive finds the one on one aspect of teaching very rewarding “I really enjoy that the people who we teach have a lot of world experience. I learn just as much from them as they earn from me”.
When asked why they enjoy volunteering so much, Clive said “I love meeting new people because every stranger is just a friend you haven’t yet met”.
English classes are free, and operate at many of our libraries and community centres thanks to the dedication of our volunteers. They are a fantastic way to get assistance to learn English. For more information about a class near you, or for volunteering, contact us on 8405 6600.
Carol's Craft Group at Kilburn Community Centre
For Volunteering Australia National Volunteer Week we are celebrating our passionate and dedicated volunteers who help us run amazing programs and services in the community. When Carol Malinda discovered the joy of crafting 23 years ago she immediately fell in love with the hobby.
Kilburn Community Centre opened in 1996, and Carol was there in that first week volunteering to run her first craft class. She remembers, "Nobody showed up for the first month and I was getting ready to pack up my stuff and not come back, but then somebody walked through the door and the class has been going strong ever since."
Carol has been crafty for most of her life. She used to decorate cakes but as she got older she was looking for something else to do with her hands. After stumbling across some interesting and intricate cards at a local show, she became intrigued and wanted to learn how to create them herself… That was 23 years ago and she has been crafting ever since.
The classes let you try a whole range of different crafts, with people bringing their own unique skills with them that they share with the group. Carol says, "It's good for my peace of mind. If I wasn't here volunteering and having fun with my friends I'd be at home getting bored."
To join a class, visit Kilburn Community Centre between 10am and 12pm on a Tuesday.