Recently, Year 10 students from Unity College, Murray Bridge, volunteered at our Day Options services at "The Cottage."
The students attended over a 5-week period supporting clients in building positive connections and developing their skills.
It was a positive experience for all involved with the students learning more about disability awareness, coaching and skill building. Overall, the students enjoyed the experience of meeting new people and seeing the positive impact they could make in the lives of clients.
Unity College teacher, Benjamin Gallasch expressed his gratitude to Community Living Australia clients and staff for welcoming the students and looks forward to an ongoing partnership between the school and Community Living Australia.
Alys Green the Volunteer Coordinator at Community Living Australia explained how "the opportunity for students to volunteer in our organisation is so important both for our clients, the students and the community."
"This experience provides the students with the opportunity to engage with people with disability, helping to break down some of the stereotypes, negative perceptions and barriers that sometimes exist whilst broadening our clients' connections in their community." Alys Green, Volunteer Coordinator.
Importantly, this experience also shows the students the many benefits of working in the disability sector and to consider disability services as a future and rewarding career path.
We thank Unity College and the students for partnering with us and look forward to further volunteering ventures with local schools and businesses in our regions.
If you or anyone you know might be interested in volunteering, please contact Alys Green, Volunteer Coordinator on 08 8536 5888 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.