Grey nomads invited to join Indigenous volunteer schemes
The ‘Senior Volunteers for Indigenous Communities’ program which aims to encourage retirees to do volunteer work in remote Indigenous communities, has just been announced by Minister Mal Brough.
The first volunteer has already signed up. Helen McLaughlin has worked in Indigenous Affairs for the last 30 years and retires next month.
“This is the best example of practical reconciliation we have seen in Australia…….using our skills to help others,” says Everald Compton, chairman of the National Seniors Association, and Helen agrees, “This program is about building relationships on the ground – it’s Aussies helping Aussies.”
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
How do YOU feel about this initiative? It certainly interests me – given the time – and one PWF reader has already voiced her interest after one of the Grey Nomad articles. We are certainly interested in passing on any future stories from volunteers!