Volunteering led to amazing opportunities for Stacey.
Stacey also started volunteering at the Welcome Centre during Melbourne’s lockdowns.
“Like many people, I had a lot of spare time on my hands, so I decided that volunteering would be a great way to feel useful, busy, and connected to others,” said Stacey.
When beginning her volunteer journey with the Welcome Centre, Stacey didn’t know it would change her career trajectory.
“Recently I was given the amazing opportunity to become a Community Development Worker at the Welcome Centre, which was a direct result of my time volunteering,” she said.
“I had never considered social work as an occupation, but spending time at the Welcome Centre gave me a better understanding of what a career in social work could entail.
“It made me realise it was possible to have a job that enabled me to put my political values into action.”
Through her time at the Welcome Centre, Stacey has come to learn the positive role the centre plays in the community.
“Places like the Welcome Centre are often the only source of support for asylum seekers, and each day I work there, I see the difference it makes to people’s lives,” she said.
“This is not only in terms of material aid and practical support, but also fostering a sense of community, and creating a safe and welcoming space to connect with other people.”
Stacey shares some advice for those considering volunteering.
“If you’re eager to volunteer but aren’t sure about the type of role or the organisation you’d like to work with, think about your interests and passions, the skills you could offer, as well as any skills you’d like to gain,” she said.
“There are so many opportunities out there, you’re bound to find something that will be a great fit.”