Gai Scrivens: why i volunteer

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In celebration of National Volunteer Week this year, we're celebrating the amazing efforts of our volunteers. We’re proud of the generous contribution of our volunteers and the impact they have made on the children in our programs so we thank you very much! 

This week we're sharing the stories of our volunteers and their reason for volunteering. We caught up with Gai Scrivens to find out more about her and what motivates her to volunteer in our programs.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was fortunate enough to have a good start in life. The love and support of my family and the educational opportunities I received from a very young age stood me in good stead to thrive at school and university.

Coming from a business, teaching, community development, and counseling background I always felt that I will serve the disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

It was upon my arrival from South Africa that I realized that many children in Australia did not have the opportunities they needed to grow to their full potential. Many children start school with very poor literacy and numeracy skills.

I read about the services Ardoch provided and realised that it was within my forte.

I volunteer with Ardoch because... Ardoch offers a plethora of opportunities in harnessing children’s literacy and numeracy skills and to build their foundation. I opted to offer my services in volunteering to Ardoch over the years.

Early intervention addresses vulnerable children’s developmental issues, therefore the importance of literacy and numeracy are important for a child’s foundation building.

Ardoch not only gives the children the opportunities to better build their learning capacities, but also is an experience for the volunteers to better equip themselves by providing the ongoing professional development classes.

What is the highlight of your volunteering experience?

To witness the acknowledgement of the child’s facial expression, after a high five and reassuring smile after achieving the goal. This is it, irrespective of all the barriers and obstacles experienced by them and their families leaves a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

My role as an educator is to give children the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens of knowledge. To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful. Who better than Ardoch to equip their volunteers to do a great job?

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?

Volunteering presents challenges and opportunities to grow. Accept each new experience as a chance to discover more about yourself while gaining valuable insight and knowledge benefiting the children, teachers and their communities.

We thank Gai Scrivens for her time and dedication to the young children she supports.

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