Christine Joyce is one our valued clients and, in this interview, shares how and why she got involved in the Save the Children charity and how others can help too.

1. How did you get involved with volunteering at Save the Children?

I was looking for something for my father-in-law to get involved in after my mother-in-law passed away.  I called into the Save the Children’s book depot, as I had previously donated books there. It was not suitable for my father-in-law. However, I thought “I could do that”.

2. Why volunteer?

There is something very rewarding about donating your time to a good cause.  Volunteering gives me a different purpose and sense of belonging and gets me meeting people outside my usual circle. I have a severely disabled 29-year-old daughter. The issues that surround her can be overwhelming and relentless.  It is great to escape one morning each week.

3. How many years have you been volunteering?

Four years.

4. Lots of people want to volunteer but are unsure how to approach charities/organisations. What would be your advice?

Do an internet search and/or contact the Head Office of the organisation that interests you.  Hospitals often have Volunteer Coordinators, and your local library or local government office should have information about volunteering.  Or call in personally and enquire.

5. Does Save the Children need any volunteers and if so how can they get involved and what is the time commitment?

At the UWA depot, the accepting of donations, sorting, pricing and boxing of books and running the sales is done entirely by volunteers. The time commitment is as little or as much as you like. Weekly, monthly for 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon, or annually at the UWA book sale. Pop in on a Tuesday morning and have a chat to a committee member.

6. The book sale is a big highlight for the UWA branch of Save the Children, how many years has it been running for?

54 years.

7. The book sale in August raised over $200,000 which is amazing. How are those funds distributed and spent?

70% of the money raised by the UWA Branch goes towards projects in WA. These programs include

·Strength2Strength; a program working with boys in culturally and linguistically diverse community.

·It Takes a Village; a program working with disadvantaged culturally and linguistically diverse families to provide parenting and educational support.

·Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Armadale and Kununurra providing recreational and evening activities, workshops, leadership training and life skills development and support to maintain good school attendance.

The remaining 30% is used where it is most needed, often for rapid response after emergencies like earthquakes and tsunamis, either in Australia or overseas.

8. Lots of houses have books that need a new home! How can people donate their books?

The depot is at Building 13, Goldsworthy street, near the corner of Agett Road, Claremont. Books can be dropped off Tuesday to Friday 8 am – 12noon or Sunday 2 pm- 4 pm. We accept all categories of books except, encyclopedias, magazines or school textbooks.

9. When is the annual book sale held? [So that we can pop the date in our diaries!]?

Friday 16 August 2019 3 pm start until Wednesday 21 August 3 pm close.

10. As a valued client of Profusion Planning, how would you describe the work that they do for you?

The team at Profusion Planning are extremely professional and efficient in all that they do.  This underpins the feeling of security and confidence. They keep up-to-date with all relevant changes in the financial sector, and as a result, we enjoy a tangible benefit from their knowledge. I feel respected and valued as a client and appreciate their personal approach.

Thanks, Christine, we trust your insights will inspire others to come along and donate either their books and/or time to a great cause.

Christine and her daughter; as Christine says, “In my normal role as a Mum to youngest daughter Stacie.”