Kick­ing goals for vol­un­teers

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As part of In­ter­na­tional Thank a Vol­un­teer Day last week, the Ned­lands Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre was thank­ing peo­ple who freely give their time.

One of them was Rocky Bay vol­un­teer Iolo Wil­liams, who took Rocky Bay client Jamie to ev­ery Fre­man­tle Dock­ers game at Perth Sta­dium last sea­son.

Be­fore the first game, Iolo and a Rocky Bay sup­port worker went with Jamie on a tour of the sta­dium, go­ing be­hind the scenes to view the chang­e­rooms, coaches’ locker room and an ar­ray of sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia.

“Jamie loved the tour and was so ex­cited to get a glimpse be­hind the scenes,” Rocky Bay vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor Jenny Styles said.

“In pre­vi­ous years, Jamie had al­ways trav­elled in­de­pen­dently via pub­lic trans­port to Su­bi­aco Oval to watch the Dock­ers, and his sup­port staff thought it would be a great idea for him to have a com­pan­ion to go to the new venue.”

Iolo was keen to help Rocky Bay res­i­dents get out into the com­mu­nity and was Jamie’s per­fect match.

In­ter­na­tional Thank a Vol­un­teer Day was es­tab­lished by the United Nations in 1985.

The co­or­di­na­tor of volun- teer­ing at Ned­lands coun­cil, Robyn For­rest, said: “It’s an op­por­tu­nity for vol­un­teers and or­gan­i­sa­tions to raise aware­ness of and gain recognition for the con­tri­bu­tion they make to their com­mu­ni­ties.

“The Ned­lands Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre is up­stairs in the Ned­lands li­brary and is re­garded as a one-stop shop for vol­un­teer­ing ad­vice, in­for­ma­tion and learn­ing about dif­fer­ent vol­un­teer po­si­tions avail­able.”

For vol­un­teer en­quiries at Rocky Bay, con­tact vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor Jenny Styles on 9383 5135 or visit www.rock­y­bay.org.au/vol­un­teer.

Rocky Bay cus­tomer Jamie, left, with vol­un­teer Iolo Wil­liams at Perth Sta­dium.

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