AS a volunteer I feel that I get back as much from others as I give.
Being part of organisations such as Lifeline and the SES is like being part of a big family and the thing about families is that that they look out for each other, support one another and each member benefits from this.
Stewardship is about looking after things – not just property but people too.
For example, it's very important when a disaster hits and the SES volunteers are faced with trauma and tragedy at every turn, that they have an opportunity to off load to someone so that they can stay strong and keep going.
Sometimes, if they are having trouble at home, it comes to a head when they are away working in an emergency situation.
I am glad to be there for them when this happens and hope that I can support them so they can carry on looking after those affected by flood, fire, cyclone or other disasters.
Being part of the Lifeline team has also been very rewarding and the support and encouragement given by the coordinator and staff has enabled me to continue in this service.