Alexandra Foley volunteered at CPL’s Ashgrove service last Christmas as part of a corporate volunteer team.
“I wanted to give something back and be part of something bigger. It's so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and volunteering puts a lot of things back into perspective,” she explained.
“When I saw CPL was looking for volunteers I wanted to support them,” Alexandra said.
“I can't recommend volunteering highly enough. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself, but more importantly, for someone else!”
Lawrence Silver has volunteered at CPL’s Ashgrove service as a film production and Screech Theatre assistant.
“I’m a budding filmmaker,” Lawrence explained. “One of my favourite experiences as a volunteer with CPL was when I set up the camera for the clients to use for the first time. Seeing how much they enjoyed the processes of filming each other and the joy and satisfaction they had watching the footage back was a really special moment to be a part of,” he said.
“I believe everyone should to give back to the community - no matter big or small.”
“Volunteering has given me more knowledge of the world and people from different walks of life. And I am happier in my day to day life when I am volunteering,” he added.
Coral Andrews has volunteered at CPL’s Springfield service as a radio broadcast assistant with their Ipswich Connections radio program.
What began as a chance to grow her professional skills and give back to the community quickly grew into a passion and a second home.
“I began volunteering one Friday afternoon and loved it. I’ve been here ever since. I like to think that in my role, I’m supporting people with disabilities to find their voice and grow their confidence. It just so happens to be over the radio, which is also something I’m interested in.
“I love the atmosphere here; it’s like being in a family,” she said.
Maree Kleidon has volunteered at CPL’s Toowoomba service as a receptionist and admin assistant.
Maree found the role at CPL online; “I applied and the rest is history. CPL has always made me feel appreciated,” Maree said.
“My specific role helps to free up time for the team to do the more important things they need to do, to provide great service to our clients.”
“Volunteering has added value to my life because my contribution is valued and acknowledged. I feel as if I am a part of something that is very precious. I have always loved helping people and I’ve found that volunteering has enriched my life in so many ways,” she said.
Robert Brunt has volunteered at CPL’s Southport service as a social companion and film production mentor.
“I’ve been volunteering with CPL’s clients to teach them about digital arts, but in many ways, they are teaching me art too,” Robert said.
“As a fellow artist, I’m inspired by them. They make all the decisions and I learn from them every time I volunteer!”
"They’ve inspired me with their creative process and incredible artwork. It’s very rewarding,” he said.
Scott Wooten has been volunteering at CPL’s Springfield service as a social companion.
“I have always believed in giving back to the community where possible. After walking through the doors at CPL, I sensed straight away that it was more of a community than an organisation,” Scott explained.
“Volunteering is important for both sides. Not only does it help organisations like CPL, but it also boosts the sense of community. For me, volunteering is the best way to get involved in the community and gain new experiences. In return you receive that great warm fuzzy feeling knowing that you have made a difference (no matter how big or small) in someone's life.
“I believe that developing a good professional friendship with all clients is very important in adding value to their lives and I hope that at the end of the day they always head home smiling,” he said.
Sophie Rawlinson has volunteered at CPL’s Springfield service as a digital arts mentor.
“CPL’s arts program really stood out, I knew I would enjoy a creative role working with people with disabilities to produce artwork for exhibitions,” Sophie said.
“Volunteering has helped me regain my 'professional identity' and direct me onto a possible new career path as an art program facilitator. It is a great opportunity to explore new career paths, gain invaluable work experience, network and most importantly gain a sense of achievement from sharing your skills with others.
“It is great to support a client during a productive session, encouraging them to produce quality artwork in a new medium such as digital art. I hope the clients enjoy my company and come away from the session feeling like accomplished artists!"
Susan Kennedy has volunteered at CPL’s Thuringowa service as an administration assistant.
“It’s given me a great sense of purpose and satisfaction, and it’s helping build upon my previous work skills. It is a great confidence booster when faced with unexpected life challenges,” Susan explained.
“I chose to volunteer with CPL because I share their values of inclusion, integrity, respect, diversity and choice. Volunteering benefits everyone involved. It allows you to work within a vibrant team, explore new possibilities, connect to the community and make a positive difference.
“Interacting with the team, clients and their families has been very meaningful/satisfying and provided some very happy moments.” she said.
Shelby Batty has volunteered at CPL’s corporate services office as an intern in the Volunteer Services team.
“I was inspired to volunteer as I wanted to give back to the community in which I live, while also developing my professional skills too,” Shelby said.
“Through my role I strive to recruit the best fit volunteers to not only meet the client’s needs, but to make it a rewarding and fun experience for both the volunteer and the client.
“It has been such a rewarding and fulfilling experience and I have grown both personally and professionally throughout the course of my term as a volunteer with CPL,” she said.
Caitlin Callaghan has volunteered at CPL’s Hillcrest service as a social companion, accompanying clients to activities in the community.
“In my role I keep the clients company and help out where I can. Without volunteers, the clients wouldn’t be able to go on day trips as often,” Caitlin added.
“I wanted to give back to the community and CPL seemed like a great organisation for me to volunteer.”
“Volunteering is important to me, the more I give, the happier I feel. It is a special thing that I love being part of,” she said.