Jamie is an active 22 year old from Thornlie. He is a member of an indoor cricket team and a forward pocket for the Lynwood-Ferndale integrated footy team. Jamie is active in his community through sport and recreation, but he also likes to work. At the beginning of the year, Jamie's regular volunteering job came to an end, but Jamie wanted to continue volunteering.
Jamie gets a lot of self esteem out of working. He will mention it to people when he first meets them; he gets a lot of pride out of it. Jamie is strong, fit and likes to work outdoors.
Jamie wanted to continue gardening, so we approached Kaarakin, an animal rescue and conservation organisation.
When Jamie first started at Kaarakin he was predominantly gardening and had little to do with the animals as he was quite apprehensive around them. It was also difficult for Jamie as he hadn't made any social connections there.
At first the only person who spoke to him was the volunteer coordinator. However, over some time workers up there would wave when they saw Jamie working. It then progressed to brief conversations when he ran into people in the shed as they were putting tools away. In the following weeks, the people who had spoken to him would then stop their vehicles and have a chat with Jamie.
Now, everyone stops to have a chat with Jamie and he now has lunch with all his new friends every time he goes. His new mates also told him not to bother bringing lunch, as they had plenty of food for him and he could help himself to their food in the fridge and pantry.
Jamie's confidence around the animals has now improved markedly and he now does loads of jobs around Kaarakin. He now chops fruit for the animals, feeds the animals, uses the blower, uses the 6wd gator vehicle and mulches the gardens.
Jamie is really part of the team there now and he has made lots of great friends. He enjoys the hard work and spending time with all the other staff and volunteers.