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DNH Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of our organisation and without them our centre could not function.

Funnily enough, most volunteers believe they are the ones who gain from their involvement. Volunteering can be both rewarding and challenging work; the basis for new friendships and a sense of contributing to the community.

We wish to thank all the volunteers who contribute to our Neighbourhood House.

One Volunteer Journey with DNH

"My name is Rod Bryson and I have been a volunteer in the computer department now for about 15mths. I first came to Dandenong Neighbourhood House as a student in 2014 enrolling in the computer courses which I found very interesting, learnt quite a lot and came through with a better understanding of computers and software programs, plus enjoying the classroom atmosphere.

At that time I was given the opportunity, of becoming a volunteer as Ali’s assistant in the classroom, helping learners with their various modules that they work with.

My immediate thoughts were, “I didn’t think I was knowledgeable enough to take on the role” but with Ali’s encouragement, I have now settled in quite well.

For a long time now, I have had an interest in computers and software programs, gained much of my knowledge from being self-taught and of course being “daring” with programs (as in experimenting with clicking here & there to see what happens).

I enjoy, and get great pleasure out of helping others, and being able to pass on any knowledge that I have to the learners. In return, I’m also learning so much from them, every student who comes through the course has a wealth of knowledge either from life in general or from work related experiences. We all continue to learn from each other and therefore create a very happy learning environment.

I look forward each week, to coming over to the Dandenong Neighbourhood House, being involved with the classes, being surrounded by terrific management staff, office staff, trainers and other volunteers, and also all the learners, who come each week bringing with them such a mix of their respective cultures and personalities.

Volunteering at the DNH is so rewarding for me, and if all goes well, I hope to continue into the future.

Our other valued volunteers include:

  • Garry Porter for volunteering on our Board of Governance
  • Rod Bryson for assisting in the Computer programs.
  • Donna Marks for volunteering in Commercial Cooking program.
  • Naryl Thach for volunteering in English Language program.
  • Carol Campbell for volunteering in our Administration area.

There are lots of ways you can volunteer or support the work our House does:

  • Join as a DNH Member!
  • Volunteer - ESL Teachers for Bridging Visa English groups
  • Volunteer - Board of Governance
  • Volunteer - Community Shed Volunteers
  • Volunteer - Fundraising
  • Volunteer - Volunteer Co-ordinator
  • Volunteer - Cooking Programs
  • Donation - Financial
  • Donation - In Kind
  • Bequest.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the office at Dandenong Neighbourhood House to arrange an appointment.

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