Volunteer of the Month – August 2018: Arveen

1. What is your background (profession/ workplace/ training)?AK Photo Profile

Junior surgical doctor currently taking time off to complete a Masters degree in surveillance for prostate cancer.

2. What inspired you to become a Water Well volunteer?

I am passionate about men's health, and believe education and lessening stigma around preventative and mental health is crucial, both among the wider Australian community and particularly refugee and migrant men. I was introduced to TWWP as an opportunity for face to face health promotion in this group, but have since been involved with a number of very different groups and sessions and have really enjoyed doing so.

3. Please share one of your favourite Water Well sessions or moments.

I was recently involved in a fantastic session on mental health with a Somali women's group. We came prepared but were totally thrown off by the variety of questions that came up. We had a very inquisitive group, seamless conversation through an excellent interpreter, and many laughs along the way. I thought this really showed the value of a program like TWWP.

4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?

It's often easy to head into a session with well structured content, but letting participants direct the flow of the session is far more rewarding for everyone in the end!