Helen has been an outing volunteer at Doutta Galla since 2011. She accepted her friend’s offer, Annie, to help with the outing program, which is free for people in the Kensington community.
“I really enjoy my volunteering tasks – picking a great place, sending out invites and bringing the group together for a fun day once a month. So far, the group has visited Werribee Park, Tulip Farm, Preston Market, Queen Victoria Market and Sydney Road op-shops.”
Helen, who studied teaching at the University of Melbourne, enjoys giving back to the community. “I love to be a part of people’s lives, even for just a short time. This group of people always love to share their stories. They’re just wonderful people. It’s fascinating to see how similar and how diverse we are as people,” says Helen. “I’m very spoiled. Every time I go home after an outing I know I have had so much fun,” she laughs.
Helen believes that volunteering is a win-win situation. “Volunteering really gives me so much more than what I give. I feel that I have done something worthwhile."