Volunteer stories

Thousands of people just like you have found meaningful ways to give back to the community by volunteering. Read their stories and discover how you can make a difference and feed your passions through volunteering.

Nancy Campbell
MS Community Shops
Helen

“I feel good knowing that I’m contributing and helping people living with multiple sclerosis”

My name is Nancy Campbell, and I’ve been volunteering at the Geelong MS Community Shop since November 2013.

Prior to that, I hadn’t worked in years and I was keen to start doing so again as a volunteer. I approached Volunteers Geelong, who suggested an op-shop might be a good fit for me. → read more

Melanie Issacs
MS Community Shops
Helen

“The camaraderie between the volunteers is so friendly”

My name is Melanie Issacs and I began volunteering at the Malvern MS Community Shop in 2011, shortly after it opened.

It was good timing. I’d recently left my previous employment after 27 years and was looking for something new to occupy my time. I was driving along Glenferrie Road and saw the big red signs on the shop windows looking for volunteers. → read more

Helen
MS Community Shops
Helen

Proud to be a part of a great team

My name is Helen Fitzgerald and I have been volunteering for MS for almost six years in the Mildura op shop. I believe working with MS is a great opportunity to meet great people and friends; I feel the shop is very rewarding, and helping people in need completes my daily life. → read more

Debra
Peer Support
Debra

“You are not alone. We are all here walking along side you through your journey”

My name is Debra Pope, and I am a Peer Support volunteer and a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Council of Victoria.

I have been an active Peer Support person since 2004. I first started with phone support. Frome there I moved into an online Peer Support moderator role with a peer chatroom called MC2. → read more

Angela
Social Support Day Program
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Angela has been with us for a mere 5 weeks and in that time has pushed wheelchairs for a Social Support Day Program outing at the NGV, walked a cute little pug because it’s too hard for some people with multiple sclerosis to exercise their furry friends and now after having moved to a regional city. → read more

Beth Gibberd
MS Community Visitors Scheme
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My highlights during our visits are when Brian is having a good day and opens up about his past or shows genuine happiness that we are out walking. I also love watching my daughter make strong connections with Brian and the other residents.

Our visits consist of us taking Brian outside for a walk, sometimes it's long sometimes it's only a block depending on how far he wants to go. If he doesn't feel like walking we have a coffee with him in his room and we always pop in to see some other residents. → read more

Fran Smith
MS Community Visitors Scheme
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Fran is a Human resources manager who admits that her work taught her great communication skills and quite a bit about people. This, along with spending a lot of time in her youth visiting McCullouch House - an aged care home - McCullough House in Clayton - where her grandmother was the Life Governor -has given her a wonderful set of skills for communicating with older people.

After she retired, Fran found herself getting bored and needed to do something. So, she decided to become a volunteer. → read more

David Miller
Peer Support Group Facilitator – Blackburn Carers Peer Support Group
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David has been a peer support volunteer since 2015. He has been attending the carers peer support group since 2006.

David supports his wife who has multiple sclerosis. He is aware of the importance of supporting carers to enable them to continue their caring role and to ensure their own physical and mental health is maintained. David has been a participant of the Blackburn carers group for over ten years. → read more

William Morison
MS Community Visitors Scheme
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Hi, my name is William Morison but everyone calls me Bill. I was born on 5th March 1944 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand until 9th May 1997 when I moved to Australia, after both my parents had passed away, to be with my family here in Lakes Entrance.

I took up work with Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) as a personal care worker and worked with them for 9 years until I retired at 63 mainly due to health issues and did a 4 year stint as Director on the Board of Management for GLCH. → read more

 

Terry Newton
MS Community Visitors Scheme
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Terry commenced visiting Gerard, initially at an Aged Care Facility in Sunbury (a suburb where they both resided) in January 2006. Gerard at some point was transferred to Costa House in Lara where he now resides. Terry lives in Macedon and travels to see Gerard once a fortnight on his way down to his holiday house in Airleys Inlet.

Terry is an ex-school teacher and has lived with his partner Joyce for 40+ years. Stella, Terry's dog accompanies Terry on his fortnightly visits to Gerard. → read more

Sophie Stringer
PMS Peer Support Program
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My name is Sophie and I have been a Peer Support Volunteer since 2013. I love facilitating our support groups and spending time with other people living with MS. I find helping people share their stories about living with MS very uplifting and humbling. I enjoy spending time together and have made some great friends along the way. → read more

Anna de Montignie
MS Community Visitors Scheme
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It is in the giving that we receive!

How true are these words. The day I received a pamphlet about the MS Community Visitors Scheme in my letterbox was the day I realized that I had an opportunity to share my enthusiasm, my compassion and my overabundance of love with someone who needed them. → read more

Antonella Rizio
MS Community Visitors Scheme
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I grew up in Glen Iris and I am the eldest of six children. My parents emigrated to Australia from Italy in the 1950's. They were married in 1963 and lived in Clifton Hill. i was born in 1964 and then a year later my brother was born.

Mum fell pregnant again in 1967 and that is why they moved to Glen Iris, because the needed a bigger house. My first language was Italian, as my parents didn't speak much English. We were brought up Catholic, going to private Catholic schools. → read more

Richard
Various volunteering roles
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Richard has been a “Richard of all trades” helping people with multiple sclerosis get to medical appointments, pack and unpack for the big move, push wheelchairs for Social Support Day Program outings and pick up furniture from the Eastern Emergency Relief Network when the need has arisen for four years now. → read more

Lauren Heard
MS Community Visitors Scheme
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I have been volunteering with the MS Community Visitors Scheme for 2-and-a-half years. I'm a qualified paramedic and work in the Latrobe Valley. I enjoy enjoy snowboarding and spends a week at Mt Hotham each year at the snow. I also have a pet miniature goat called Sheldon.

As part of my university degree, I was required to complete a number of volunteer hours and the Community Visitors Scheme appealed because of the nature of the work. Since finishing my studies, I have continued visiting as it is a wonderful community opportunity. → read more

Penni Leemans
MS Community Visitors Scheme
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I'm originally from Perth but have lived in Melbourne for more than 10 years. I used to be a social worker which was a role I found to be rewarding but challenging. I moved on to working in financial planning, and have 3 young children (7, 5 and almost 2).

As we live in Melbourne without extended family, I felt that my girls were missing out on interactions with older people and I could see that when we visited my own grandmother in Perth how much they (and she) got out of it. → read more

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