National Volunteer Week - Peter Anderton

By Rise
16 May 2023
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
~Oscar Wilde
Today we share thoughts from our volunteers at the Peter Anderton Centre in Forrestfield.
Dorothy made a conscious choice in her mid 40’s that when she retired from work, she would play music for the elderly.
“Music has been a big part of my life and I find music makes people happy.”
- Dorothy

She has been ‘tickling the ivories’ for the centre for over 5 years. Everyone enjoys listening to Dorothy play the piano and they sing along using their song books that she made especially for the centre.

One of our married teams, Margaret and Phil joined Rise as volunteers this year, after moving back to WA from the east coast. Margaret started first and loved it so much, she asked Phil to also join the volunteer team.

“I love volunteering, everyone has a story which I love hearing, the members at Peter Anderton are the most beautiful people.”
- Margaret

As Phil’s volunteering mentor, Margaret gave her husband a handwritten list of step-by-step instructions for his first day. Almost three months later, and Phil still carries this list in his pocket and follows it to a ‘Tee’.

“I enjoy meeting new people and listening to their amazing and fascinating stories.”
- Phil

Phil is truly one of nature’s gentlemen and everyone thoroughly enjoys Margaret’s vibrant personality.

Volunteering with Rise for over 5 years, Janet is a true whiz in the kitchen. Her wonderful smile greets the clients on a regular basis. She loves to do the bus run and enjoys listening to the laughter from the members, both in the centre and on the bus.
“It’s nice to know that people are out enjoying themselves instead of being at home, sometimes alone.” - Janet

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