Volunteer of the Month – May 2022: Allanah

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

I am a junior doctor working in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne.


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

Volunteering used to be a big part of my life. I've always loved working with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds - I used to give driving lessons to asylum seekers! They have incredible stories of strength and resilience and I love helping them in a small way settle into life in a new country. The Water Well Project is so well set up and supported and all the volunteers and organisers have been incredibly helpful and friendly.

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

I really enjoyed the "train-the-trainer" sessions - these community workers have had such an uphill battle dealing with the misinformation and social costs of the pandemic in their communities, yet they remain so positive. These sessions were really interactive and it was inspiring listening to their experiences.

4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?

I was nervous to sign my name up for the first session, but don't be. Water Well really values all its volunteers, and everyone has something to contribute (even if you don't feel like it sometimes). Have fun!