Did you know that Supported Volunteering clients contribute approximately 750 volunteer hours each month? With roles as diverse as the volunteers who do them, there is an opportunity for everyone! So, why not take a look at the website? A volunteer recently told me that volunteering has put the spring back in her step allowing her to use skills she thought nobody wanted. Another, who left the programme this month attributes Supported Volunteering with helping him secure a paid job while another said volunteering enabled her to be good role model for her daughter. What could you gain? What could you give?
It’s impossible to end the month without mentioning the recent suicide of comic genius Robin Williams. While undeniably sad it is important to remember that he leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter which is I’m sure, how he’d like to be remembered. By honouring the joy he gave in life instead of focussing on how he left it we remain in the light he left for us. Not a bad legacy Robin. So let’s be open to the everyday positives – a patch of blue sky, a joke or a smile. When we notice the good things, we arm ourselves with roses rather than burden ourselves with shackles. Remember the love we’ve given, the laughter we’ve shared and the light we shine on the world.
If you or someone you know is having struggling to see the light please reach out, seek help.
Dunedin (03) 474 0999 ask for Psychiatric Emergency Services
Lifeline: 0800 543 354 – Provides 24 hour telephone counselling
Youthline: 0800 376 633 or free text 234 – 24 hour telephone and text counselling services for young people
Suicide Crisis Helpline on 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
For information about suicide prevention, see http://www.spinz.org.nz.
To create your own see take notice plan.
That’s all from Vollywood for this month,
Noho ora mai rā.
Supported Volunteering Coordinator
Tel: 03 471 6202