Volunteer South West call for more helpers

Jeanette Repacholi and Victoria Henry volunteer in administration with Volunteer South West. They say it is very rewarding and encouraged others to try it out.
Jeanette Repacholi and Victoria Henry volunteer in administration with Volunteer South West. They say it is very rewarding and encouraged others to try it out.

Being part of a team and helping others is just some of the perks of being a volunteer.

This is definitely the case for volunteers Jeanette Repacholi and Victoria Henry.

Ms Repacholi has been at Volunteer South West for four years and said she loved meeting and helping new people.

She works in administration and helps other people find a volunteer job suitable to them.

"I had retired and spent a year at home before I got bored and decided to become a volunteer to stay active and keep my skills up," she said.

Ms Repacholi said she has learnt a new database program and improved her interviewing skills since joining Volunteer South West.

She said volunteering was always worth giving a go with around 100 positions currently available.

Ms Henry also works in the administration side of Volunteer South West and said she started volunteering 15 hours a week so she didn't have to apply for jobs as part of her Centrelink payments.

She said it was great because constantly looking for work and not getting anything could be depressing.

"We do have a lot of men that come in who can't find work and then volunteer which is really good for their self esteem and purpose," she said.

Volunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams said they could find a placement suitable to their needs.

The centre will be celebrating volunteers in the region during National Volunteer Week in May.