Volunteering

I have always thought it important to leave the world in a better state than how I found it, but for many years I wondered what actions I could actively take within my busy life. How funny that it was only after I had kids that I truly found my volunteering groove.

I joined the Australian Breastfeeding Association to hire a breast pump when I returned to work with my first. The pumping didn’t quite go to plan, but I did realise that ABA was a welcoming and flexible organisation that needed volunteers.

As a working mum I thought my experiences might be of assistance to other mums, so off I went. It took a while but in 2009 I finally completed my training and became a trained breastfeeding counsellor. Since then I have volunteered on the National Breastfeeding Helpline, been involved in a variety of other roles in the Association from group to national level.

I don’t have a heap of time to spare, but I love making a difference to new mums who want to breastfeed, and in recent times have been involved in a range of activities from training and mentoring new volunteers to organisational govern Ana earth. A great feeling and totally worth every minute of the commitment.

And because I didn't have enough on...

I am currently Treasurer of the soccer club, having previously taken on and then left behind a bunch of other roles on the parents committees of the day care centre and after school care. All important roles that some has to do.

I pick up the occasional extra role when time and interest allow. In 2015, I started doing some online mentoring with the Smith Family. Again, a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, but something that can fit in with the pressures of a full time job and parenting 3 kids. We can all do more than we think! Similarly, small business mentoring with the Cherie Blair Foundation is also super rewarding.

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart."

ELIZABETH ANDREW