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Volunteering Roles

The Anxiety Recovery Centre began assisting us with setting up a support group in Traralgon for people with anxiety disorders. I have really enjoyed working with my co-facilitator to plan our meetings. I have also got a lot out of the training days we have been offered. This is something I couldn't have imagined being involved twenty years ago, and coming from a family where there is a predisposition to anxiety disorders, I think it is really important.'

Working as a Volunteer Telephone Counsellor with ARCVic has brought extra meaning and fulfilment to my life while also giving something back to the community. Callers have shared their stories and allowed me to experience life from a different perspective. It has been a privilege to be able to connect with others while they are on their journey of recovery from anxiety.

I have been volunteering with ARCVIC for about a year now but I first discovered ARCVIC in my early twenties. It was honestly a game changer and a catalyst for positive change in my life. As someone with lived experience of OCD, chronic illness and anxiety, I never thought that my own 'brokenness' could be used to encourage people with similar struggles to the ones I have faced. When I started my Masters of Community Counselling a couple of years ago, I started thinking about where I could get some counselling-related experience. I really love ARCVIC's ethos, and the people are amazing, so it seemed like a perfect fit.

Group facilitating has been a rewarding experience that has allowed me to apply my existing interpersonal skills in a practical setting whilst providing me an opportunity to develop and refine these skills further. It has given me a better understanding of the presentation of anxiety disorders and has provided me a sense of community involvement and satisfaction.

Being a volunteer for ARCVic has complemented my work as a professional counsellor and I am always learning new things!’