Volunteer of the Month – October 2022: Nicole

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

I am a junior doctor in Melbourne, currently working in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Mercy Hospital for Women.


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

We commonly work with patients from very diverse cultural backgrounds, and it can be so hard to understand our system if you have moved from overseas, or if there is a language barrier. Being able to take our knowledge and empower others in our community with health information – particularly those from refugee and migrant backgrounds – is extremely rewarding. I was recommended The Water Well Project by a friend, and have found it to be such an amazing and well supported way to break down these barriers.

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

I have recently facilitated a couple of sessions with mother’s groups who have recently migrated from Afghanistan. They have always been so warm and welcoming, and listening to their stories is so special. I particularly enjoyed a recent chat on healthy eating, and hearing about all the meals they prepare from back home, and the food they grow in their gardens! Seeing their enthusiasm for the topics and how grateful they are for the sessions makes it feel so worthwhile.


4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?

Don’t be daunted by topics that you think you aren’t familiar with – just dive in, and you’ll surprise yourself. There is so much to absorb and learn by spending time with people in our community.