Graham – Volunteer Story
According to 65-year-old Graham Fetherstonhaugh, there is nothing typical in being a volunteer.
Since 2016, Graham has volunteered at LINK Community and Transport, with roles including being a driver, assessor and trainer. And for Graham, every LINK volunteer day is an opportunity to discover golden moments with the clients and the LINK team.
Connecting with community
As a quintessential family man, with three adult adults, six grandchildren and married for more than XX years, Graham certainly understands the importance and value of human connection and having other people’s backs.
“Being a volunteer at LINK is a great opportunity to help others but it is also a time to learn about other people’s lives and allow them to unpack their stories to you. They are often intricate and intriguing, and you often walk away learning more about yourself with their colourful and intimate storytelling.
“Being a volunteer is certainly not one dimensional. It is not only an opportunity to give back to the community, but you get to understand the real value of your volunteer work and how your role makes an impact.
“Without LINK and the drivers some of our clients would literally not leave their homes from week to week. We help them stay involved with their community with shopping trips, medical appointments and social functions and it gives you a kick knowing that you are helping.” Graham says.
Giving back in spades
For Graham, the joy of volunteering allows him to share his experiences and expertise in areas and industries which he can dive into.
“I currently volunteer at the MCG as a tour guide which is deeply satisfying as well as volunteering at ReadySet which helps long term unemployed. I’m a career coach and help with applying for jobs, resumes and interview skills.”
“Having a successful career as a HR Director, working in Australia and overseas, the skillsets you acquire over decades of experience, especially when it comes to people and organizational processes, are invaluable,” Graham says.
Words of advice
Graham’s approach to volunteering is simple.
“Consider it pretty much as a job, without the pay but what you don’t get in financial return, you get back in job satisfaction is immeasurable. Clients are VERY appreciative, but you need to be on time and be happy to assist. And it is often the smaller things which really count for a client such as offering to take shopping inside,” Graham says.
“I also help people get in and out of the car or bus, as we are so much more than a taxi service. The LINK volunteers are all part of the LINK family and we all play a role in what makes LINK such a unique service in Melbourne. I am very proud to be part of that!”
According to 65-year-old Graham Fetherstonhaugh, there is nothing typical in being a volunteer. Since 2016, Graham has volunteered at LINK Community and Transport, with roles including being a driver, assessor and trainer. And for Graham, every LINK volunteer day is an opportunity to discover golden moments with the clients and the LINK team. Connecting with […]