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Volunteer

Most of our work is done by skilled volunteers.
Volunteers are people who give their time and skills but don’t get paid.
They give their time and energy to help people achieve their goals.
Our volunteers have backgrounds in:
  • engineering – planning and designing things that work well
  • woodwork
  • sewing
  • electrical
  • computer programming
  • 3D printing.
They use their skills to give our clients

high-quality equipment.

We also welcome volunteers with

experience in:

  • fundraising
  • administration
  • finance.

How to volunteer

  1. Ask us for a volunteer pack.
Complete the form with your details and interests and we will send you a volunteer pack.
  1. Send us your information.
Fill out the volunteer application form.
  1. Meet us.
Meet one of our team members to talk about the type of volunteering you would like to do.
You can also find out more about what we do at TAD.
  1. Checks.
We will check your referees – people who can tell us more about you.
You will have to get a:
  • Working with Children Check
  • Police Check.
Once these checks are completed we will send you a Welcome Pack.
  1. Getting started at TAD.
You will meet with your Group Coordinator.
They will talk to you about:
  • what we do for our:
    • clients
    • volunteers
  • the work you will be doing.
  1. Change lives!
We will start to give you projects.
You can join local group meetings to:

  • get support
  • meet other people you might work with.

The bulk of TAD’s work is undertaken by skilled volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to helping people achieve their goals. Volunteers have backgrounds in engineering, woodwork, sewing, electrical, plastic work, programming and 3D printing. These technical skills support our clients with high-quality custom or modified equipment.

We also welcome skilled volunteers who can help with fundraising and administration, finance and other projects.

How to Volunteer

 

 

Volunteers

Davy Lee

Electronics Engineer

Davy Lee

“You have to be a good listener and be prepared to spend some time getting to know the clients to find out exactly what it is they want. You can make a suggestion here or there but our job is to find a solution that makes them happy and does what it is meant to do,” says Davy

When Davy Lee retired after a fulfilling working life, it was almost inevitable that his path would lead him to volunteering with an organisation like TAD.

Even before volunteering at TAD, Davy was no stranger to community service as an active member of the Castle Hill Lions Club. Indeed it was through Castle Hill Lions that Davy learned about the work of TAD. He hoped to put to good use the skills he had acquired as an electronics engineer with Philips/PANalytical.

Davy is a real people person with a delightful sense of humour. His years of customer service, dealing with people from all walks of life have put him in good stead for volunteer work with TAD.

It doesn’t matter to Davy what type of job TAD sends his way. He is more than willing to give anything a go, thriving on the challenge of problem-solving just as much as seeing the finished product in action.

Jim Barrett

Engineer

Jim Barrett

Jim likes the ‘special projects’, the one-off jobs that push him a bit, get his brain ticking over and call upon his years of experience, first as an engineer and then as a manager.

Jobs like a fishing rod holder for a man who uses a wheelchair and has weakness in his hands, enabling him to re-engage in his passion for ocean fishing.

Sometimes people have a clear idea of what the custom piece of equipment might look like to help achieve their goals. Sometimes not.

It’s all part of the job for Jim, who takes great pride in listening carefully to the person he is helping.

“The people skills are just as important as the technical skills,” Jim says.

He is more than happy to fit in to their ideas and prefers it if people “are a little bit pedantic” to make sure that solutions are as close to perfect as they can be.

“I get a great deal of pleasure from the little bit I do for them,” says Jim.

Fred Thomson

Mechanical Engineer

Fred Thomson

Scottish born Fred is a member of the Peninsula Group of TAD, based in Allambie Heights.

A consulting mechanical engineer with his own company, Fred thrives on the stimulus that design in his field offers.

Fred developed TAD Freedom Wheels concepts with other volunteer team members and converted them into detailed designs. He used 3D modelling to enable computer aided manufacture of the many components that make up the Freedom Wheels system.

He loves a challenge and relishes how the various TAD projects have consistently demanded creativity. Often he has to start from scratch, “Practically every job is a prototype at TAD.”

His many conversations with clients have taught Fred that it’s not enough that the completed job just be functional. Aesthetics are important too and Fred is of the opinion that anything he makes has to be as elegant as possible.

“I take a long look at form as well as function,”  Fred says.

Judy Panter

Occupational Therapist

Judy Panter

Judy is a recently retired Occupational Therapist and Regional Manager of a Community Mental Health Service.  Judy first became aware of TAD when she was lecturing in Occupational Therapy at Cumberland College, ensuring that students she taught understood the value of working with TAD to find unique solutions for clients.

Since her lecturing days, Judy put volunteering with TAD on her retirement bucket list.  “I was surprised and pleased to find that at TAD I could use both my Occupational Therapy knowledge and my skills in working with textiles,” says Judy.

Her sewing and OT skills have proven to be more than a little bit useful for the various tasks she undertakes with TAD.  Judy loves the challenge of finding a unique solution whether it be custom bed rails that ensure the safety of a child, working with a school, a client and the family to plan access platforms to be built by TAD and seat modifications for a new student to ensure comfort while learning.

Judy thrives on teamwork and positively connecting and interacting with the client, their family and other TAD volunteers and staff to find and provide a solution that makes the lives of other easier and more enjoyable.

“It is important to listen and to validate,” says Judy “to achieve what is best for the client, especially at a time when they are feeling quite vulnerable and most in need of a helping hand.”

Her experiences in the community mental health sector have meant that Judy is well able to bring a balanced, sensible and compassionate perspective to her role as a TAD volunteer.  Some clients turn to TAD, in despair, after commercial options have not quite worked out and Judy cannot understate the importance of setting aside the time to hear what clients have to say to have input into the solution.

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