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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by MTR, 29th Jan, 2016.

  1. MTR

    MTR Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Just wandering is/has anyone been involved in any voluntary work?

    I do recall someone on SS doing voluntary work for Sea Emergency Services? quite some time ago now.

    I decided to start doing voluntary work for a Dog Refuge in Perth, I was gobsmacked when I found out they have 400 volunteer staff and approximately 16 paid employees.

    They have a fostering program where volunteers look after dogs in their homes ie pups, sick dogs etc. They also have boarding kennels where a fee is charged, similar to commercial operations.

    Volunteers also walk the dogs daily. They have people who surrender dogs for various reasons. There is also of course a screening process when dogs are adopted.

    I am amazed how this organisation operates purely on donations and volunteers providing their time.

    They also have a policy that if a dog is returned regardless of years etc. it will not be put down.

    Its nice to do something other than property investing/developing for a change.

    I will be posting some of the doggies from time to time:)

    MTR:)
     
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  2. JessicaP

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    Hi MTR, I volunteer with St John as first responder for event health services. I love it. I know a family who volunteers with guide dog puppies. Very strict rules but they absolutely love it.
     
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    I was thinking about joining the ses when I get off workers comp.
     
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  4. MTR

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    That great.
    I am loving it too, meeting lots of people and because I am such a dog lover its the best, problem is I want to bring them all home. My partner has warned me... no more dogs, but I am not listening...hehe
     
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    We've done SES and hubby still does the fires here in Vic. I don't really agree with how much of this is done by volunteers, given the constant call outs and risk to life. So much waste of money in Australia, endless money poured into bureaucracy and pc areas with no anticipated return but people with enormous amounts of skill, generosity and humanity just expected to endlessly volunteer. Just my personal observations.

    Anyway, we've always had rescue dogs and our Cookie is from SAFE. I have nothing but total admiration and would volunteer for them any day, also wildlife rehab. They'd be forever indebted to you. I'll help you with any dogs needing homes. I'm not allowed either ha ha.
     
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    AIME (australian indigenous mentoring experience) - work with indigenous students in western Sydney.

    Starting lifeline ASIST training tomorrow for the crisis telephone counseling.
     
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    I was actually thinking about how much time it would be. I could imagine it being pretty full on. I reckon I would enjoy it though.
     
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    That should read "we compromised and got 3 dogs." Fixed it for you :)
     
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    So is there a overall shortage of volunteers in the word? I was thinking of putting some time in Indonesia but sounds like everyone is doing it?
     
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    I have zero free time but if I did I would volunteer at a cat adoption centre.
    I'm not good with dogs.
     
  12. bob shovel

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    Volunteer ambulance officer. Pretty much an unpaid paramedic,without a fancy piece of paper from uni. Regional wa relies on St John's
     
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    Don't even get me started. Spent a few yrs in remote WA. Shameful lack of financial recompense given to the people doing essential work.
     
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    It's a great for community spirit, but wa gov is a different beast! New shiney hospitals are useless without staff!
     
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    @Corey Batt and I have made contact with Habitat for Humanity. They do construction of houses (from the ground up, except for plumbing / electrical because they require licenses) for the less fortunate.

    We'll go along for a day and help out with whatever part they're up to. Perhaps learn some reno skills in the process.
     
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    I imagine theres a few subtle differences mate ;). Been enjoying it so far? I seem to recall that you've only been doing it for a comparatively short period?
     
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    Leukaemia Foundation - drive van to pick up patients/carers, 4 hours per week

    AngelFlights - pickup people from airport and take them to hospital/accommodation and the reverse, whenever I am lucky enough to win a gig.

    I wouldn't do either of the above jobs if you paid me!!!!!!!!
     
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  18. geoffw

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    I don't do voluntary work. A full time job plus my wife's weekend market make sure that I don't have a lot of spare time.

    My daughter has just finished volunteering at an orphanage in Uganda for a month. She's planning on doing a month each in two other countries, as well as travelling around. The situations of the children and their families have made her cry. AIDS has left many orphans. Multiple births are common, straining family resources. Death in childbirth is still not uncommon. There are children who are in the orphanage who have families- but who cannot provide for their children any more.
     
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    It's the luck of the draw. Today there was a car vs tree, on fire with 4young blokes on board.severe burns. You can't wait 1.5 hrs for Perth to show up. A lot of respect for the people that have been doing it for a long time
     
  20. MTR

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    I guess work out what you love and what time you have, then just do it