Volunteer stories from metropolitan Melbourne

Station Master's hobby keeps Puffing Billy on track

John Tunks beside Puffing Billy
John Tunks has been working with heritage train Puffing Billy for 14 years and says his primary objective is to make people's day enjoyable. Read John's story

Scout leader - what an adventure!

Gary Park with scouts
Gary Park is proud of his role with the Scouts - leading young people in adventures and personal development, as well as developing his own skills. Read Gary's story

Berry Street stalwart inspired by foster carers

Valerie Freeland at Berry Street with young people
Valerie Freeland loves kids and she feels 'humbly proud' to volunteer with Berry Street, helping children, young people and families. Read her heart-warming story

Former client is now a volunteer - and loves it!

Jawad Erfani at AMES
The Adult Multicultural Employment Service (AMES) helped Jawad Erfani settle in Australia and now he's helping others as a volunteer there. Read Jawad's story

Guides give girls a great start

Sarah Stebbins and young guides
Sarah Stebbins loves volunteering with the Guides. She says the most rewarding thing about being a volunteer os giving her time and skills with no expectation of gain. Read Sarah's story

Salvos volunteer blames 'a touch of fate'

Frank Hibbert on the phone for the Salvos
Frank Hibbert has been a high-powered executive, but his background and experience also made him a great fit role at the Salvation Army. And even better, he says it's great fun. Read Frank's story

Ageing positively - a life changing experience

John Doutch City of Casey
John Doutch hadn't planned for an active retirement but he found the transition to a life of leisure wasn't as enjoyable as he expected. So now he's involved in his community as a volunteer for COTA and loving it! Read John's story

Welcome support for families in hospital

Judy Browning standing at reception desk
Judy Browning knew first hand what it felt like to be a mum with a child in hospital - and when her own children were out of primary school she started volunteering at the Royal Childrens hospital, providing practical help to families with kids undergoing treatment. Read Judy's story

Advocate volunteers her voice for rights!

Madeline Sobb YAC Vic
Madeleine Sobb loves her volunteer role with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC) which gives her the opportunity to speak up for the rights of people with disabilities. With the skills she's learning as a volunteer, she's also looking forward to expanding her advocacy. Read Madeleine's story

Film editor's secret life as 'petrol head'

Peter Johnstone Yooralla
Yooralla volunteer Peter Johnstone may seem at first to be a mild-mannered expert in video production and editing, but dig a little deeper and you'll see he has another passion - car racing. Read his story

Support and a cool head to the rescue

Louise Bohmer's role as a volunteer Ambulance First Responder has her doing anything from delivering babies to attending major road accidents. Read Louise's story

Cricket is a healing force in local community

Matthew Shawcross is the head coach of the Sunshine Heights Cricket Club under 13s Ntini team. He says that the cricket team has helped the boys educationally, socially and emotionally. Read Matthew's story

Volunteer firefighter 'petrified' at first

Sue Mountain Yarrambat CFA
First Lieutenant of Yarrambat Fire Brigade, volunteer Sue Mountain not only fights fires - she also runs its junior program and recruits new volunteers to the CFA. She says her brigade is like a family and volunteering makes you feel like a better person. Read her story

SES - keeping it in the family

Martin Ledwich SES
SES volunteer Martin Ledwich likes the strong bonds he's formed with the people he serves with at the Cragieburn unit. And the SES also introduced him to 4WDs, a passion of his. Read Martin's story

Passion and planned approach provide a satisfying balance

Greg Keane thought carefully about volunteering with the Asylym Seeker Resource Centre before he took the plunge - and now he's contributing to an organisation whose values he passionately agrees with, and adding to his skills at the same time! Read his story