Meet Wendy and Martin

Volunteer Gardeners, CPL’s Capalaba service

“CPL has taught us a lot about people with disabilities and how wonderful, fun and loving everyone is at Capalaba. We love the joy that the garden gives the clients and visitors and watching the seedlings we raised and planted with clients coming to life.”

“We love going and volunteering in the garden, and the friendships we have made; sharing our gardening skills and spending time with the clients talking and sharing stories is amazing!”

“The best part of volunteering is gardening alongside clients, planting seedlings we have raised together and watching them grow!”

Meet Jhon

Volunteer Swimming Assistant, CPL’s Ashgrove service (at the Colmslie Swimming Pool)

“I believe volunteering is essential to becoming a well-rounded member of the community. I find that in sharing time with other important members of my community, I come to see more of what my role and responsibility is.”

“I have learnt about each of the client’s unique personalities, and have come to know how important it is for them to perform the activities that they love. The clients are really into swimming, I love swimming, and I could see myself sharing my passion for this exercise here; I am all about reciprocity! I’m always glad to see the clients having fun, which is most of the time!”

Meet Wing Yan

Volunteer Communication Group Assistant, CPL’s Redcliffe service

“Volunteering is not only a great opportunity to offer your skills to help other people, it is also an opportunity to build friendships and gain different skills.”

“Volunteering at CPL has given me more opportunities to engage and learn from people with a disability. I have gained a lot of skills and knowledge that I didn’t learn in university, and I know this is going to shape me into becoming a more client-centred therapist.”

Meet Hannah

Volunteer Screech Arts Assistant, CPL’s Ashgrove service

“Volunteering has provided me with new and exciting experiences I wouldn't get in any other areas of my life. I have learnt so much about disability and inclusiveness. I can't explain the feeling I get when I walk into a Screech Arts class and the clients' faces light up. They smile and wave and are so happy to see me; there's nothing like it!”

“The sense of community I feel as a volunteer is amazing and the Screech Arts class is one of my favourite parts of the week, every week!”

Meet Conrad

Social Companion, CPL’s Nerang Hub

“As a new resident, volunteering is my way of giving back to the community. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to meet new people. CPL really makes everyone feel welcome and at home.”

“Volunteering makes me value life more, makes me want to help more. It’s so amazing, volunteering will change your life forever!”

Meet Luz

Social Companion, CPL’s Labrador service

“Volunteering is a good chance for volunteers to build on their own experience and self-development. Volunteering adds value to my life because it gives me something to look forward to and helps me to make a contribution by giving back to the community.”

“I support clients by encouraging them and letting them know they can do the task even if it is challenging. My favourite and unforgettable experience has been seeing the happy smiles of excited clients when they achieve something new by learning new skills.”

Meet Mark

Social Companion and woodworking volunteer, CPL’s Capalaba service

“Through my volunteering I get the pleasure of knowing I am helping and making a difference, and clients see a different approach to companionship. When I walk into the centre all clients give me a warm welcome. The biggest reward is just a friendly smile and a good chinwag.”

“Volunteering allows me to share my skills and hobbies with other people who are interested in the same things as I am. I encourage clients to attempt tasks they are not sure of, and then I get to see their smiles when they succeed.”