A message from Anna...a dedicated volunteer at Holdsworth for the past 15 years.
Becoming a volunteer 15 years ago has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I started off as a Meals on Wheels volunteer with Woollahra Council in 2007 and continued on when Holdsworth Community Centre took over the services in 2013 and rebranded us Home Cuisine!
When I think Holdsworth, I think community and connection – and an admiration of the many essential services they provide to our most vulnerable in the community – services like Home Cuisine, Home Connect, Home Share, Home Shopping, Community Transport, Bus Trips for the elderly – to name but a few.
For me personally, the benefits of volunteering are enormous. Not only do I feel a sense of purpose in turning up with a basket of food to an isolated person and having a little chat, it’s also a privilege to be part of their world. For many, Holdsworth may be the only contact with the outside world in their day. I also feel privileged to be part of Holdsworth Home Connect program that I’ve been part of since 2018. Again, a real privilege to be involved in this amazing and worthwhile program.
From that first day on duty in October 2007, to the present day, the friendships I’ve made along the way with my drivers and other volunteers and retired staff, are nurturing and rewarding, and none more so than with Usha whom I was paired with as my driver from my 2nd day on duty until recently. Today, we’re best friends.
I wish Holdsworth continued success in their very worthwhile work and I hope to continue as a Home Cuisine ‘runner’ and a Home Connect ‘visitor’ for as long as possible.