Volunteers at Camden Haven's Community at 3 say they love being able to help

DELIGHT: Betty Andrews, June Relf, Marj Cameron, Neta Lawrence, Lisle Crossing and Robyn McLaughlin chat about volunteering. PHOTO: Laura Telford.
DELIGHT: Betty Andrews, June Relf, Marj Cameron, Neta Lawrence, Lisle Crossing and Robyn McLaughlin chat about volunteering. PHOTO: Laura Telford.

Proving you are never too old to be a volunteer Camden Haven's Community at 3 is home to a growing number of volunteers over the age of 90.

The dedicated group of volunteers are proud to attend the weekly sessions at the Laurieton United Services Club which helps those living rough or who are struggling.

June Relf, Marj Cameron and Neta Lawrence are three experienced volunteers but say would not have it any other way.

"When I first heard about the Community at 3 starting I thought it would be a good thing to get involved in," Neta said.

"Helping others is something that is important to me and this was a great way that I thought I could contribute."

"I first heard about the group through church and I am so glad that I came," Marj said.

"I have absolutely not regretted a single moment because each week is different and you meet so many new people. We have all become family because we see each other each week."

The group is a registered charity which promotes positive conversations and helping those who are struggling with some food and safe chats.

Orange Sky Laundry also attends the weekly gatherings to wash and dry clothes for people.

"My favourite part about coming each week is the conversations with different people," June said.

"In everyday life we might not see those who are struggling but it has shown me that we aren't that different and everyone has their own story to tell."

Marj, who turned 95 on February 12, said volunteering gives her a real sense of purpose.

"I love the companionship and having different conversations with people because you become invested in seeing them succeed," Marj said.

"It is really nice to see people when they first come needing a bit of help transform over weeks or months and knowing you may have played a small role is so great.

"At 95 it is also really great to know that you are wanted and something you can do us useful. Getting out of the house and having talks with people can be a big thing and it makes me feel young at heart.

"I would certainly encourage people to roll up their sleeves and volunteer somewhere. At the end of the day I think we get more out of helping that those we help."