Drive to help vulnerable children brings rewards

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Drive to help vulnerable children brings rewards

Hearing young people share their hopes and dreams and witnessing unbreakable bonds between foster family members are among the joys of Jane Rowe’s volunteering role.

The Mount Gambier woman volunteers with the Department for Child Protection, transporting children to school, access visits with family members and appointments.

“I get so much fulfilment out of it – I love it,” Jane said.

“I feel like they’re doing just as much for me.”

During National Volunteer Week (May 20-26), the department is recognising the work of 180 volunteers, who support children, carers, families and social workers.

Along with offering transport, volunteers assist children with homework support, help with their Life Story Book (memory scrapbooks) and support them at special events.

Jane has enjoyed getting to know a young man she encouraged to study a trade, and watching him become very interested in becoming an electrician.

Another special moment was transporting a baby to his carer’s home, and witnessing the connection he shares with the carer and her other foster children, who are now adults.

“They were fighting over him (the baby), to get the first cuddle,” Jane said.

Minister for Child Protection Katrine Hildyard said volunteers play a vital role in creating safe and supportive environments for children.

“They provide really important support and they are another kind, caring and trusted adult in children and young people’s lives,” she said.

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