2009 Case Study: Volunteer Team of the Year

A program, which the Alcoa Foundation helped to establish, was recognised In December 2009 at the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Timehelp Holroyd was named the 2009 NSW Volunteer Team of the Year at a ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney.

Timehelp is Australia’s premier intergenerational volunteer program. In 2004, the Alcoa Foundation helped to set up the Timehelp program which connects retirees with young people in schools and delivers educational, well-being and community benefits through the mentoring of students.

Timehelp Holroyd is the only Timehelp program in New South Wales, with 26 recruits volunteering across five local schools. Timehelp was established through a partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation. It also has branches in Geelong, Hobsons Bay and Moreland in Victoria.

“We get back so much more from our volunteering than we give – and working with the students makes us feel young again,” said Yvonne Tattersall, Holroyd Timehelp Coordinator.

The Timehelp volunteers are all local residents who give between one and two days a week at local primary and high schools assisting teachers and staff. Duties vary, however at one local primary school Timehelp volunteers help to provide breakfast for the students. Many of the volunteers have seen their own children through these schools and now they are giving back to the schools they know so well.