Lorraine Tilker has been a volunteer her entire life. For the past 22 years, it’s been with Rise.
Charitable from a young age
At the aged of 17 Lorraine started volunteering. She assisted a friend care for people with a disability. This sparked a lifetime of giving to others.
I’ve always volunteered. I like the friendliness and getting to know people.
Volunteering with Rise
Lorraine has volunteered at a number of organisations over the years including Australian Red Cross, Silver Chain and Meals on Wheels.
She began volunteering at Creative Arts by Rise, formerly Creative And Therapy Activities, in 1995. The kitchen, pottery and painting rooms have all been lucky to have Lorraine’s help. She is now in the craft room twice a week. Every Monday she goes shopping and she also helps in the kitchen twice a week.
I’ll keep volunteering as long as I can. Looking at four walls and watching the idiot box all day would drive me insane.
Activities Coordinator Lesley Lee said Lorraine had made a huge difference in the lives of many guests.
Lorraine helps build social skills in the clients. She comes on outings and she also takes clients out shopping and eating. This allows them to get experience in restaurants, to read menus and order. She helps make sure they get their choices and helps build money skills.
Benefits of being a volunteer
As well as the smiling face and help she provides at Creative Arts by Rise, Lorraine has got a lot out of volunteering too.
It has boosted my confidence. I used to have panic attacks but I don’t have them anymore. I have a pin in my ankle and a plate in my leg so I am classified as disabled. Being here has also taught me to stand up for myself more.
Volunteers at Rise
Rise is fortunate to have a large base of volunteers who assist in many activities. These include:
- arts and crafts
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