Meet a Volunteer
Meet all-rounder Mick, Justice of the Peace, Community Bus Driver and Graffiti Removal Team volunteer.
Sixty-four years young, Mick Roche is a seasoned volunteer who has dedicated his skills, expertise and energy to his community for more than 25 years.
Volunteering with the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters since January 2018, Mick can be found at the Norwood Town Hall in his capacity as a Justice of the Peace, on the road as a Community Bus Driver or on the streets removing illegal graffiti.
The rewards of volunteering are immeasurable. While I achieve a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction through the work I do, I’ve also met some great people.
“My professional career was always driven by the notion of ‘think local, act global’ but today it’s ‘think global, act local’. My focus is on what I can do to best help people in my community.”
With a passion for the environment, Mick was naturally drawn to graffiti removal and feels a great sense of achievement when he drives the graffiti-free streets of our City.
“The rewards of volunteering are immeasurable. While I achieve a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction through the work I do, I’ve also met some great people – residents, volunteers and Council staff - and made new friends.”
Despite his significant volunteer commitments with the Council and other organisations, Mick still has time for a daily gym workout, family history research, and going to concerts and the theatre!
Meet Ayu, Community Visitor Scheme volunteer
Ayu Pamungkas is a 27 year old international student from Indonesia.
Currently studying her first year of a Master of Social Work, Ayu has been volunteering with the Council’s Community Visitor Scheme since July 2017, regularly visiting her client at Trowbridge House.
“This role has proved to me that money does not always make people smile but kindness does. When I visit we talk a lot about her life and sometimes I read her a magazine. It’s simple but we both look forward to our time together. I feel full and happy after every visit - my day is always better.”
Reflecting on herself in the early days of her volunteering, Ayu attributes her own personal growth and development to her volunteering.
“My communication skills have improved and I have developed a new level of empathy. At first I felt challenged, but after a few visits with my client I began to feel more confident in my purpose. I now look forward to our time together as we’ve developed a beautiful friendship.”
Ayu suggests that there are three key ingredients in dedicating yourself to a volunteer role, particularly with the Community Visitor Scheme. “Communication and just being yourself are essential, but most importantly, your willingness to contribute. People can feel it if you do it with your heart.”
Remembering Kingsley Turner
The late Kingsley Turner was a committed and passionate volunteer with the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, who worked tirelessly to restore and maintain the St Peters Billabong.
Kingsley was formally recognised by the Council for his extensive and valued contributions when he was awarded the Council’s 2009 Citizen of the Year Award.