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Happiness and helping the community: A volunteer story

Published 25th May, 2018

It’s National Volunteers Week from May 21-27! This year’s theme ‘Give a little. Change a lot.’ Represents the millions of volunteers in our community who make a profound impact in our communities through giving a little of their time.

Andrea Seator started as a passionate volunteer with Therapy Focus almost 3 years ago, volunteering her time at community events and opportunities including Christmas gift wrapping, the Telethon Beneficiaries Expo, Therapy Focus’ Lego Group and creating resources for the Bassendean team.

Now in her final year of Speech Pathology at Curtin University, Andrea’s hard work and enthusiasm paid off in 2017 when she was offered employment with Therapy Focus as a casual Therapy Assistant.

Andrea said that she enjoyed volunteering with Therapy Focus because she felt connected to other allied health professionals who were like-minded and shared her passion for good healthcare.

“As a student speech pathologist, volunteering for Therapy Focus is very rewarding in allowing me to experience how a disability service provider is making a difference in the community,” she said.

Being involved in many different volunteering roles, Andrea said the Lego Group had been a memorable experience.

I especially enjoy volunteering for the Lego Group as this has helped me to develop my self-confidence working with children with a range of different communication styles, whilst also educating me on the importance of a social-based, group language therapy.

Andrea Seator

Over 6 million Australians volunteer across the nation, generously donating their time and skills to make a difference in our community; often to a cause close to their heart or by simply doing something that they love.

To Andrea, volunteering with Therapy Focus was important because it was a way of acting upon the values that are at the centre of allied health work.

“Volunteering is also very rewarding in terms of providing me with a sense of happiness and from being able to help in the community,” she said.

Volunteers at community event
Pictured: Andrea and the team at a community event 

Coming full circle from beginning with Therapy Focus as a volunteer, to now being paid to do what she loves, Andrea has learned a lot about her time with the organisation.

“I have been able to further develop my experiences in working with children who have complex communication and language skills in the disability context,” she said.

“This has been very useful in furthering my clinical skills as a student speech pathologist.”

Andrea said she was grateful to be a part of a multidisciplinary team, which helped her to appreciate and understand the importance of a holistic, multidisciplinary service, such as Therapy Focus.

At Therapy Focus we are grateful to all of our amazing volunteers who support us in many different ways from our Board of Directors and Parent Reference Group, to our events, administrative tasks and therapy groups. On behalf of Therapy Focus, our staff and the families we work with, thank you for all of your support, Andrea!

Interested in volunteering? Sign up to our volunteer e-newsletter to find out about the latest opportunities or contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 1300 135 373 or email volunteer@therapyfocus.org.au.

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