In the heart of Hervey Bay, Alayne Jones has become a dedicated force at the Urangan Community Wellness Centre, volunteering for a transformative 12 months, dedicating 25 hours a week to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Alayne’s decision to volunteer was driven by a need to combat boredom and a desire for social connection. She states, “I enjoy being useful, productive, and helpful as much as possible.” Her attraction to the Urangan Wellness Centre, with its picturesque location, thoughtful design, and excellent programs, made it the perfect canvas for her volunteering journey.

During her tenure, Alayne estimates helping numerous individuals, although the exact number remains uncertain. She reflects on the heartwarming moments, saying, “Appreciation from people when I provide them with information. Receiving positive feedback from clients and staff and just witnessing my efforts making a difference to the community. It’s heartwarming to know that many people are grateful for my assistance.”

Alayne’s volunteering experience has been nothing short of life-changing. “Just feeling valued and useful is a huge boost to my confidence,” she shares. The sense of purpose and fulfillment derived from her volunteer work has significantly improved her overall well-being, turning each day into a source of inspiration.

Offering advice to potential volunteers, Alayne encourages trying it out. “Choose a place/ organisation that you believe you would enjoy working with and try to match your existing skills to the role. Always be open to learning and trying new things.” Her words emphasize the transformative power of volunteering and the importance of finding the right fit.

Describing her volunteering journey in one word or phrase, Alayne chooses ‘Life Changing.’ This encapsulates the profound impact that volunteering has had on her overall well-being. “Learning new skills, gaining experience, interacting with a variety of people, and making new friends are all part of my volunteer experience which continues to inspire and uplift me every day.”

As Hervey Bay applauds its volunteers, Alayne Jones stands as a shining example of the positive ripple effect that individual efforts can have on a community. Her commitment to making a difference has not only left an imprint on the Urangan Community Wellness Centre but has also enriched her own life in ways she could not have imagined a year ago.