Volunteers from OzChild’s Family Volunteer program recently met at gorgeous The Rocks café in Mornington to celebrate National Volunteers Week and hear from guest speaker Jeanette Horsley, Manager of the YMCA and the Southern Peninsula Youth Service.
Jeanette spoke about the pleasure of working with volunteers in her programs, saying that kids often needed support when life became chaotic – especially if they don’t have family – but they know they can connect with volunteers.
The OzChild volunteers support families struggling with problems like social isolation, mental and physical illness, managing a single parent family and disengaged young people. Just by having a chat or getting out of the house to hang out at the park, these volunteers have empowered their families and young people to be resilient, self-sustainable and confident.
The volunteer team also assist with connecting the families and young people with appropriate community services.
OzChild volunteer coordinator Moira praised the volunteers, saying they had empathy, they instilled in young people that there are great things, and that people care. She said the volunteers gave young people confidence and self-esteem just because they wanted to meet them.
Thank you volunteers! Keep up the good work.
OzChild’s Family Volunteer program is funded by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.