New skills, people bonus in taking up voluntary role

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Volunteering has opened up a whole new world for one Timaru woman.
‘ I’m doing things I wouldn’t normally do. I used to be a busy
teacher ‘
Loren Morris offers her free time and skills at the Aigantighe Art Gallery, the Blind Foundation and the IHC.
The varied voluntary roles have been fun and a good way to meet ‘‘some lovely people’’, Miss Morris said.
‘‘I came back to Timaru, from Australia, at Christmas time to take care of my Mum after Dad passed away.’’
Wanting to do something in the community, she contacted Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury.
‘‘I went through the list they had and chose three or four agencies and they all got back to me.’’
In her voluntary role she had met many people in the community, and worked in places she wouldn’t have normally in her job as a relief teacher.
‘‘I’m doing things I wouldn’t normally do.
‘‘I used to be a busy teacher.’’
Her voluntary roles include helping at the art gallery, driving members of the Blind Foundation and being a buddy to an IHC client.
She recommended volunteering to others as it was a good way to meet people.
‘‘You’re networking all the time with people.
‘‘It’s also the feel-good factor. I look forward to my work.’’