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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2012
Active RetireesTM | 31 feAtURe Based on an idea that emerged from the Rudd Government’s community consultations, the Golden Gurus program pairs local small businesses with expert retirees. From retired accountants helping emerging businesses develop plans and strategies, to retired public servants assisting shop owners negotiate government red tape, the Bendigo Golden Gurus, in a very short period of time, have reinforced regional business through good, old-fashioned know-how. David is excited about the potential of the Golden Guru partnerships. The mentees receive expert advice and the mentors re-energise and update their skills. Further, the benefits have rippled throughout the community. “The mentors are sharing their community contacts and the mentees are linking into existing networks of expertise. Our volunteers are creating strong community spirit and connectedness,” says David. Both Pam and David acknowledge that volunteering benefits individuals as much as communities. Pam is quick to say that she gets just as much out of volunteering as she gives, while David defines volunteering as a two-way street. David’s long experience as a volunteer means he has seen a number of benefits for individuals, especially for over -50s. “Many people finish work and no longer have day-to- day contact with people outside their family unit; they lose social connections. In addition, their expertise and experiences go to waste,” he says. “Volunteering creates new friendships and re-energises workplace skills.” Volunteers are leading the way in creating a society that values more highly than ever a desire to build a stronger society by supporting those who are less fortunate, a willingness to lend a hand and help out, and a desire to get in and have a go. A society driven by volunteers sounds like a pretty good place to live. •• 1 Do the locomotion in nsW For over 20 years 3801 Limited has provided train enthusiasts with opportunities to volunteer restoring heritage trains and working as attendants on scenic heritage train tours. The company runs the popular Cockatoo Run, from Sydney to Moss Vale. The carriages – built in the 1930s and 1940s and restored at the company’s workshop in the Sydney suburb of Eveleigh – are hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive. W: www.3801limited.com.au t: 1300 65 3801 2 Get fungal fever in qld The Barcaldine Grey Nomad Project in Queensland is becoming famous for thinking outside the square. In one project, retirees travelling through the Queensland outback register with a Barcaldine school and send photos of every kind of fungus they find. The children classify the fungus and add the photos to their ever-expanding database of rare and wonderful fungi. W: greynomadproject.jimdo.com 3 sing and dance in vic In May 2011 Bendigo hosted the Vibe Alive festival, an event that brings young people together to rap, dance, sing and laugh their way to a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The event was a huge success largely thanks to the Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre in Victoria, which set up local volunteers to help with registration, catering, equipment set-up, and hosting event guests. W: www.bgovolunteers.org.au t: (03) 5441 1404 4connected seniors in WA Armadale Volunteer Resource Services in Western Australia has joined forces with the Armadale City Library and the Seville Grove Library to keep seniors connected. At Seville Grove, a ‘Books on Wheels’ group helps seniors travel to the library and holds weekly meetings for seniors to catch up with friends while borrowing books. The City Library holds volunteer-led training sessions for seniors to learn more about technology. One group, for example, learnt to keep in touch with friends and family using text messages. W: www.armadale.wa.gov.au e: firstname.lastname@example.org t: (08) 9399 0629 5 community gardening Volunteering Tasmania recently profiled 50-year-old avid volunteer Graham Woodruff, a former SES volunteer who now spends a lot of time in the Rocherlea Peace Gardens coordinating ‘odd-jobbers’ and teaching children the path to a green thumb. Graham loves giving back to the community and enjoys meeting lots of new people. To find a local community garden where you can lend a hand, contact the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network or the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. W: communitygarden.org.au W: www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au 5WAys to voLUnteeR finD yoUR PeRfect MAtcH Australia’s first volunteer recruitment website, GoVolunteer, is a one-stop shop where you'll find the volunteering opportunity that’s just right for you, with more than 11,000 positions listed each month. W: www.govolunteer.com.au
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