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Volunteering gives new leash on life

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Volunteering gives new leash on life
Published 14 June 2019
How walking the dog can give you a new leash on life.

At the City of Playford we’re very thankful for the volunteers who make up such a substantial part of our community.

Just one of the services in which City of Playford volunteers add value to our residents is through our dog-walking program.

Local resident Wendelina’s dog Phoebe has lots of energy to burn and former Holden worker John is there to help the excitable pup get the exercise she needs.

I’ve never known my Phoebe to jump on anyone’s lap and give them the affection that John receives, but then they aren’t taking her out for a weekly walk.
Wendelina, City of Playford volunteer support recipient.

John came to volunteer as a dog walker after experiencing several losses in his life, including his job and the passing of his own pet.

John said he missed the routine of walking but now gets his ‘fix’ volunteering with the Leash on Life program.

"It’s a welcome break from the many hours I spend online looking for work and ensures that I stay active while helping someone else," John said.

The dog-walking program is just one of the City of Playford services that has made a difference to Wendelina, who has a disability.

She has received support through Council’s Home Assist program, which allows her to live independently, as well as the Friendly Visiting program, through which she met Edna and Jim Beaton who helped her to settle into her Davoren Park home.

“Many years later and I return the favour by regularly visiting Edna, who lives in residential care and recently celebrated her 100th birthday,” Wendelina said.

Wendelina said that both she and Phoebe’s life have been enhanced greatly through the services provided by Council and she has even been able to volunteer herself, via the Star Club program that supports local sporting clubs.

The City of Playford has over 580 volunteers working in a variety of roles, including graffiti removal, library support, community drivers and event co-ordination.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact our volunteer support officer Roxanne Withers on 8256 0263 or at rwithers@playford.sa.gov.au