As part of National Volunteers Week there were displays of a variety of volunteer organisations (including Voice FM) at the Festival of Volunteering on Saturday 26th May -10am-2pm at Housey Housey in Armstrong Street.
We have the most amazing volunteers, and were asked by National Volunteer Week to highlight just 3 of our volunteers. Not an easy choice! We couldn’t do without any of our volunteers. So these are our 3:
Lynne Beaumont: Worked in a call centre but when this job was outsourced to Melbourne she became unemployed. When she had been unemployed for 2 years her Employment Provider suggested volunteer and Voice FM was looking for someone to undertake Reception & Data Entry duties.
She had been working for 3 months when she turned 55. According to Centrelink if she was able to find a permanent voluntary position she would be able to stay and no longer look for work. The decision to stay working at Voice FM until she retires at the age of 67 was easily made.
She’s at the station daily, uploading CDs onto the database & as well as panelling for the Courier On The Air and some other programs. She now supervises the ‘Work For The Dole’ participants and looks after reception & telephone duties, She very much feels at home at Voice FM and enjoys helping out.
Caitlin Larcombe: Caitlin has been volunteering her entire life, including fundraising ventures, support to the arts and social justice causes. This has led to many different volunteering roles and in 2015 she was selected to participate in the Leadership Ballarat program.
Since 2011 she has been volunteering with Voice FM, beginning in admin work before becoming a presenter and last year stepped into a Board role at the Station. She balances this role with full time work, part time study and social time with friends and family.
George Grinos: Arrived in Ballarat in 1975, planning to stay for a month visiting his brother, but he loved being here and stayed. George runs one of the earliest and well known Arch Fish & Chip shop in Alfredton and despite the long hours, he is at the station every Wednesday evening from 8 to 9.30 pm, presenting his Greek Program. He has been with Voice FM from when the station first went to air in the 80s and the call went out for different ethnic programs.
George enjoys playing Greek music and interacting with his listeners and calls his time on air the most enjoyable and relaxing part of his working week.