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Lauren is a quiet student who chose to volunteer at the local Neighbourhood Centre in office support, working in a community garden, making meals and helping at the Op Shop. She has learnt many skills which made her move out of her comfort zone and has really enjoyed her placement. Lauren's host organisation has nothing but praise for her!
Through volunteering Lauren has been able to see what she has to offer other people and the community and to give back to those who have supported her. She has tried new things, learnt new skills, developed her resilience and been given more responsibility. In addition to her placement, she has come up with ideas for supporting classes at her school and is now involved in helping teachers with literacy development in their students by creating story boxes.
"Very quiet girl who found it hard to talk to people is now talking to people and doing phone work at the Neigbourhood Centre - amazing!" - Fiona Armstrong, Vocational Education Trainer, Pine Rivers Special School
About the SAAVI program Fiona says "SAAVI has provided a nice platform for our students to plan and organise at a supported in school level. This student is able to positively share with other students about volunteering, so it is becoming an established "norm" in our school that we get supported by our community and we support them through volunteering. Our host organisations are always keen to keep the relationship each year between our school and themselves. That is great credit that our students conduct themselves well and show respect and initiative while at their placements."
We wish Lauren all the best for her future and hope she continues her volunteer work in the local community and develops her confidence further.
Congratulations on being our SAAVI Student of the Term 3, 2018. For her efforts, Lauren was presented the SAAVI Student Term Award and a $50 Gift Card.