Travellers Aid is delighted to have Anja on board as our new Workforce Development Coordinator. We had a little chat to discuss how she’s settling in to the role as well as some new opportunities coming up for volunteers.

What made you want to work with Travellers Aid?

For the better part of the last 15 years, I have worked for multiple corporate companies. During this period, I joined Travellers Aid as a volunteer gaining immense pleasure and satisfaction contributing to society.

It was evident that whilst volunteering, first as a Companion Service assistant and then as the Companion Service administrator, that job satisfaction is paramount to my health and well-being and I was always looking for the point of difference to move to a not-for-profit organisation. The impact Travellers Aid‘s contribution is making in the lives of real people is rewarding and a strong motivator to join the team   

What three words would you use to describe your role?   

Connect, Coordinate and Communicate.

What are you currently working on?

It has been an intense 14 days of finding my feet as the new Workforce Coordinator here at Travellers Aid. I am now experiencing the organisation from the other side of the fence, as a staff member and I am excited to be part of a very close and supportive team which eases the challenges of being “the new kid on the block”.  

List three of your favourite things.  

Top three are my husband, son and daughter. The four of us love exploring the Australian Outback in our camper trailer. We regularly travel Australia discovering new corners, as soon as we hit the red dirt, see the blue sky and the vast serenity of the Outback – I am in my “Happy Place”. 

When it comes to Just-Me-Time, I love arts and craft, cosying up with a great book or cultural events such as exhibitions and plays. 

What do you hope to achieve as Workforce Development Coordinator?   

I am a people’s person and would like to use this strength in my new role as Workforce Development Coordinator to regularly connect with our staff and volunteers. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and building strong working relationships that encourage staff to go the extra mile for the team and at the same time assist Travellers Aid to achieve their goal.

What can you tell us about upcoming Volunteering Opportunities? 

Along with opportunities to assist in our Community Education program, Participation Service and site-based volunteering, we are looking forward to a busy summer season. We are very excited to participate at iconic Melbourne events such as the Australian Open throughout the summer and will be recruiting for event volunteers that enable us to offer expanded services for our service users.  

We are also recruiting for a Customer Service Volunteer to join our team at Southern Cross Station site. You can learn more and apply for this role here.