NVW 2020, Brandon Dellow.

Brandon Dellow is the most caring, giving, selfless 23-year-old who is ‘changing communities, changing lives’ through his tireless volunteering. He is a fine example to our youth. He’s a volunteer team member of Humans in Geelong and in this role he:

– writes inspiring stories about our multicultural youths

– has attended and reported on the CEOSleepOut, which raises awareness of homelessness, twice

– MCed Humans in Geelong Expos 2018 & 19

– Choreographed two dances

– is the IT team expert & podcaster

– attends community meetings and events.

His amazing volunteer work won a Geelong Youth Award in 2018.

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Brandon is an advocate for Type1 Diabetes, Mental Health & the Northern Suburbs of Geelong. He regularly collects care packages for Samaritan House. He participates in Movember.  He has also made strong connections with the new-arrival refugee community.

He does all of this while studying secondary teaching and working in Youth Development at The fOrT, Corio.

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NVW 2020, Deb Elliott.

Whilst in isolation after returning from New Zealand, Deb Elliott, was contacted by the Rotary Club of Sunbury to see if she could make 1,000 nurse’s scrub caps for Royal Melbourne Hospital. Deb loves a challenge and in 4 weeks, she and her team have made over 12,000 caps for 25 Hospitals and clinics including Geelong Hospitals. Deb and friends started a Facebook Group ‘Helping Our Hospital Heroes Australia’.  There are 6 administrators and the group have 1,600 members made up of sewers from all over Australia. They’ve even had requests for caps from overseas.

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Deb tells us “This volunteer project is about contributing, connecting, sharing, pride and trust.  The response from hospital staff who have received caps has been one of joy and feeling supported by the community.

“My mum was a volunteer, I’ve volunteered since I was in my 20s and I have the children next door making scrub bags. It is good for them to be introduced to the joys of volunteering.”

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NVW 2020, Judy Lidstone.

Judy Lidstone is amazing; she overcomes the challenge of arthritis, to do weekly feed outs to  rescued horses, ponies and animals. Having a love for animals and the outdoors, Judy, a retired vet nurse, volunteers at The Winged Horse Equine Welfare Centre in Portarlington. After moving to the region 5 years ago, she attended an open day at the Centre and has been volunteering there ever since.

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The Centre is run by Carolyn Bischof and is home to 43 rescued horses, sheep, goats, 3 pigs and chooks. Many of the horses have been referred by the RSPCA.

“I use to have horses of my own. Volunteering at the centre has been an amazing journey. I’ve met up with people from all walks of life who have the same interests as me. It’s great exercise and cheaper than going to the gym.” Judy tell us.

“Once this is all over, we’d gladly welcome more volunteers at the Centre.” http://www.thewingedhorse.org/

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NVW 2020, Scott Cooper.

Scott Cooper was nominated for the position of National Volunteer Week Ambassador by two groups, The Golden Plains Shire and genU. The Shire had this to say about him, “Scott is a committed, reliable and enthusiastic volunteer for Golden Plains Shire Council. He goes above and beyond to be of service anywhere he can, he is a great support for our community transport team and always willing to lend a hand anytime he is needed. He always tries hard to do his best and is a great example of a committed volunteer who just wants to help out in any way he can. He is an asset to our team.”

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genU tells us “Scott started his journey with genU as a student and over the past 12 years he has completed several foundation courses with genU whilst also being involved in many other programs. Now Scott is giving back to other learners by volunteering as a mentor in the Certificate I in Transition Education course.

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NVW 2020, Suzanne Elkington.

Suzanne Elkington is a familiar face at the Geelong Hospital, where she volunteers by providing personal support and assistance to children and families. We were impressed that a hospital patient nominated Suzanne as a Volunteer Ambassador for National Volunteer Week, and said “Suzanne’s own experiences had shaped how she supported others.

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“Suzanne helps so many patients at the hospital and also in the special care unit. She talks to families who have children born with a cleft palate or lip. Suzanne helps them with feeding and answers any other questions parents may have, as she has been through this twice in her life.

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NVW 2020, Lynne Hill.

Lynne Hill has been an amazing, active volunteer with genU’s social support program DoCare for the past 12 years. As a retired nurse, Lynne wanted to stay involved in her community and found that volunteering with DoCare was a way to harness her gentle, caring nature and empathy skills by spending time with older people in the Geelong Community. Often her clients were experiencing loneliness and isolation, leading to lost confidence.

Lynne has spent the past 12 years visiting clients at home and providing a reassuring and listening ear, while also taking them on social outings.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynne has transitioned to genU’s virtual voice-chat volunteering service, making weekly calls to multiple clients to ensure they have everything they need, while also providing an integral social connection!

Humans in Geelong, genU and Volunteering Geelong are recognising outstanding volunteers from the Geelong region each day of National Volunteer Week, May 18-24th. Volunteering can come in many shapes and forms. You can follow your passion, like Lynne has. Volunteering leads to many benefits; a sense of purpose, helps make you happy, increases your confidence, helps others and our environment, helps our mental and physical health, and can be a pathway to work.

Photo is of Lynne and her husband Laurie.

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National Volunteer Week, Ambassadors.

Congratulations to our six National Volunteer Week 2020, Volunteer Ambassadors. We’ll be telling their stories each day this week to celebrate their achievements and to highlight the tireless work of volunteers. Our community would not be the same without them.

For example, Humans in Geelong are made up of a team of dynamic volunteers who aim to inspire, connect and strengthen our community by sharing the stories of locals who are making a difference.

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Make sure you “like” the Facebook pages of Humans in Geelong, genU and Volunteering Geelong, the three groups who worked together to present these awards. Keep an eye out for the stories of our selected Volunteer Ambassadors from May 18 to May 24.

It was a very tough decision, narrowing down the many nominations to just six ambassadors. Keep up the great work everyone and thanks for volunteering!

Pictured top L-R Deb Elliott of Helping our Hospital Heroes Australia, Lynne Hill of genU, Suzanne Elkington of Geelong Hospital.

Bottom L-R, Brandon Dellow of Humans in Geelong, Judy Lidstone of The Winged Horse Equine Centre and Scott Cooper of Golden Plains Shire.

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