Posted by Georgia Brown
on 6 June 2019
My first term spent volunteering in Scarborough and Deception Bay in Queensland has consisted of new environments and challenges I have never faced before. This placement allows my volunteer partner Amy Hancock and myself to experience multiple areas of the Lasallian Volunteers, working in both Southern Cross Catholic College and at yourtown - a Lasallian charity serving young people in the community. Additionally, to this, Amy and I are living in a community with Brothers, giving us deeper insight into the daily life of the Brothers.
At Southern Cross Catholic College in Scarborough, Amy and I provide some extra helping hands where we are needed. This mainly involves working with the Youth Minister, Lachlan Stewart, to run the Lasallian Youth Leaders, jumping into classes and going on camps and retreats with the students. The highlight of working at Southern Cross so far has been Year 7 camp and having the opportunity to build relationships with the students. We also got the opportunity to take a small group of LYLs to Melbourne during the school holidays to participate in the Lasallian Youth Gathering which was an amazing experience allowing them to deepen their understanding of what it means to be Lasallian.
When we aren't at school, Amy and I volunteer at yourtown in Deception Bay. We mainly help out in Glugor, a young parent's program with mothers and fathers under 25 along with their children. The program consists of parenting classes and a small day-care set up. Getting to know and work with these parents and children has been a highlight of my volunteer journey and I look forward to continuing this throughout the year. Additionally, we help in the Communities for Children program where we have the opportunity to go out into the community to run programs which help better the Deception Bay area.
The thing that was most different for me about this experience is living in community with the Brothers at Scarborough. Although I was nervous about moving in with five Brothers I had never met, they were quick to welcome Amy and myself into their community and made us feel at home immediately. They have quickly grown to be five Grandads to us and we are able to learn a lot from their stories and wisdom.
My volunteer year so far has been incredible; every day has taught me something different and is helping me to become a better person. I look forward to the next three terms of continuing this journey and the experiences I will leave with this year.