Category: Volunteering

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Team member spotlight – Volunteer & Student Placement Coordinator

Pictured: Jenny and her dog Lewis. Meet Jenny, the Volunteer & Student Placement Coordinator at Gateways. Jenny has been with Gateways for an impressive 18 years, bringing volunteers into our community and helping them grow....

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Pictured: Tracey joins Prime Movers group on an exciting outing.

Small acts, big impact: making a difference in our community

Pictured: Tracey (far right, back row) joins Prime Movers on an outing. At Gateways, volunteers like Tracey are important in creating a positive and lasting impact on the lives of both participants and their families,...

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Money raised at Gateways’ 19th Annual Charity Golf Day helps participants connect with their local community

The funds were put towards improving Gateways’ recreation program by buying a much-needed minivan. The program follows a person-centered support approach, aiming to enrich participants’ quality of life and encourage active community engagement. Belinda Pearce,...

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Volunteers help deliver happiness and fun at Gateways

Nerves were quickly replaced by elation after Harry Moulding’s first time volunteering with Gateways Support Services. The 26-year-old counselling student decided to volunteer his skills with Gateways because of his belief in equity for people...

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Shining a light on opportunities offered through volunteering

From donating her time as a volunteer to leading Gateways’ many volunteer programs, Jenny Schmidt has gained experience on both sides of the fence during her 15 years with the organisation. During that time, Jenny...

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20 years on, volunteers Maria and Andre keep giving

It was the search for a volunteering role that could involve their children that led Taylors Lakes residents Maria and Andre to become Interchange Hosts. Two decades on, the couple consider they have grown their family rather than become volunteers.  Maria first learned of the Gateways Support Services program (then Interchange)...

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Seasoned Gateways Interchange Host Program Volunteer urges others to get involved

Seeking support for her own family led Nicky to open her heart and home to other families in need. That was eight years ago and now the Sunshine woman is urging others to consider volunteering...

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Volunteer Week 2020

Volunteers looking for flexibility and fulfilment, stop right here

It’s Volunteers Week! And what better time to check in with two of our western Melbourne volunteer crew to say thank you and to find out what inspired them to give their time to Gateways Support...

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Lyn Swan receives long service award

A buddy for life as volunteer celebrates 25 years of service

Saying ‘Yes!’ can be a life-changing choice, as Lyn Swan discovered when she signed up as an Interchange volunteer 25 years ago. Lyn was recognised at this week’s Gateways Support Services AGM for her decades...

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It Began with a Passion

“The staff make it my responsibility to focus on 2 or 3 kids.  I get to know them, help them and keep an eye on them”, Melissa said. In the Easter holidays Melissa put her...

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