Volunteers come from many different backgrounds, but few start out at the City of Playford’s Grenville Community Connections Hub thanks to Pokemon – except for Angel Singer-Kling. ^ Angel Singer-Kling serves a cuppa to Grenville Community Connections Hub member Pat George.
Hunting for Pokemon evolved into Elizabeth South’s Angel Singer-Kling entering the world of volunteering.
The 21-year-old had been seeking a place to do some community work and, fortuitously, the City of Playford’s Grenville Community Connections Hub was a Pokemon stop.
“It was raining, so I thought I would go inside and see what it (the hub) was, because I was always sitting outside collecting Pokemon,” Angel said.
“I asked about what they did here and asked about getting some volunteering experience so I could meet some people, have some experiences and have some laughs and now I’m here twice a week.”
The Grenville Community Connections Hub is a great incubator for volunteers, with 284 committed to helping out at the facility, which provides a broad range of services for people aged 50 and over.
Angel, who is studying a diploma in counselling, quickly found a niche at the community centre, earning plenty of experience points.
“On Friday I do a games afternoon, so I do board games and have a chat with the ladies, and on Tuesday I work in the Tea Bar,” Angel said.
“I’m getting life experience, which is great, as counselling is so much about talking to people, and gaining more experiences.
“I really like it here, it’s a hidden gem. I feel like I have found some family.”
And, it is fair to say the Grenville Community Connections Hub members feel the same way about Angel. ^ Angel with Grenville Community Connections Hub member May Dunlop on Melbourne Cup Day.
She celebrated her 21st birthday late last year and those in attendance at a Melbourne Cup Day function sang a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday in her honour.
“If you’re looking at volunteering, this really is a great place to get a start,” Angel said.
For more information about the services provided at the Grenville Community Connections Hub, or if you would like to volunteer, contact 8256 0377.