This week, Deaf Children Australia is thanking all our volunteers during National Volunteer Week (11 – 17 May). We have twelve fantastic regular volunteers who come in each week and four more who join us occasionally. Last financial year, our volunteers provided over 8,000 hours of support which we value at around $250,000.
Phuong Van is one of our wonderful, committed volunteers who has helped us at DCA for over two years. Phuong explains why she is so passionate about contributing her time and skills:
“I came to DCA for a three month placement for my Cert IV in Community Services course. I met other volunteers who had been here for quite a while and I thought, like them, I should keep gaining experience at DCA while applying for other paid positions. I treat my volunteer position like a job and I’m committed to my role, coming in two days a week.
“I help on reception for DCA and their Sign For Work Employment Services. I really like the mix of responsibilities and enquiries – and sometimes, I get paid as a casual. I am hoping that in the future, I will be able to work in a paid role in Community Services. I can speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and English fluently and I have been learning sign language at DCA. I feel I am gaining great experience all the time and meeting really nice people. I am learning how to communicate better through assisting people like the long term unemployed and deaf job seekers. There is often a lot going on underneath the surface and we can help if we recognise the complications and know how to deal with them.”
Deaf Children Australia’s Manager of Operations Zarina Tremellen says, “It’s a great time for us to take a few moments to acknowledge the great contribution that our volunteers make to DCA, week in and week out. Some of our volunteers have been with us for several years. With their support, skills, ideas and enthusiasm we are able to undertake more work that directly helps deaf children and their families.”