Your opportunity to volunteer!
Posted on 03 Aug, 2022
Are you looking for a way to give back to the community but you aren’t sure exactly how? Let Alice Springs Town Council help!
There are a range of volunteering opportunities within Council and our helpful team are ready to coordinate. Whether you’re passionate about helping people face to face, or prefer to lend assistance behind the scenes, it’s never been easier to be a volunteer.
Roger Thomson has been a volunteer at the Alice Springs Public Library for more than a year helping people with English as a second language improve their skills, saying it’s beyond rewarding.
“It never occurred to me to volunteer until Desdemona Shee (Library Officer), whom I used to work with and knew that I had taught English to adults, asked if I could help out. I said yes without having a clue what I was actually going to do,” Roger said.
“Since then, I have had wonderful experiences with my students. I have had students from Vietnam, Peru, Nigeria as well as a couple of local Indigenous men.
“Each student has had different needs and all ask intriguing questions about English that really make me think about the structure of our language and how it works. Frankly, I think I get more out of the time with them than they do with me.”
Council have a range of volunteers on board, some that have been giving their time for years while others are new to the world.
Harsh Bansal began helping this year, saying it gave extra purpose to his everyday life.
“I have found volunteering gives you opportunity to connect with the society,” Harsh said.
“Being a volunteer means that you get to meet lots of wonderful people and they all appreciate your efforts. It really brings purpose and meaning to my life. I am working from home from past three years and volunteering give you that chance to physically go out and interact with folks.”
If you would like to donate your time and help the community through volunteering, contact ASTC’s Volunteer Coordinator Roman Khitiaev today at RKhitiaev@astc.nt.gov.au