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Seeking volunteer drivers to transport our seniors - Balwyn Evergreen Centre needs your help!

David Embury, volunteer community driver with Balwyn Evergreen Centre
David Embury, volunteer community driver with Balwyn Evergreen Centre


For immediate release

Date: June 2024

Balwyn Evergreen Centre, a community centre dedicated to ensuring that older individuals stay active, healthy and socially connected, is urgently seeking volunteer drivers to help transport seniors in the City of Boroondara.

Balwyn Evergreen relies solely on the generous contribution of time and skills from volunteers to continue providing vital services.

Who we are

Balwyn Evergreen Centre is a cornerstone of the community, offering a range of exercise and social activities designed to support the well-being of older adults. Our vibrant community centre is a place where seniors can stay engaged, make new friends, and participate in activities that promote their physical and mental health.

The need

Our clients depend on volunteer drivers to safely bring them from their homes to the centre for essential services. We are currently experiencing an urgent need for:

  • Volunteer transport drivers: for weekday pickups (minivan or car, short shifts) and Tuesday bus outings (minivan 9.30 am-4.30 pm). Full training and ongoing support are provided.

How you can help

We are calling on the community to:

  • Spread the word through your networks, including members, staff, friends, and relatives.

  • Post our flyer on your notice boards or in your newsletters.

  • Give us a shout-out at your meetings or gatherings.

Tina Hogarth-Clarke, CEO Balwyn Evergreen Centre says, “Our volunteer drivers are the lifeline of our community. They ensure our seniors remain connected, active, and independent. We invite everyone to consider joining our team and making a real difference in the lives of our seniors.”

Volunteer spotlight: David Embury

David Embury became involved with Evergreen as a volunteer after seeing a request for drivers in a newsletter. With a passion for driving spanning 50 years and a background as a bus driver, David saw this as a perfect opportunity to give back to the community.

“For me, volunteering is about filling my available time in a worthwhile way while helping the community and doing something I love.  The interaction with a whole new range of people and knowing I am contributing to their well-being is incredibly fulfilling.”

David describes his typical day as a volunteer driver, from greeting clients at their homes and assisting them on and off the bus, to ensuring their walkers are securely stowed and helping with small tasks like checking their mail or bringing in their rubbish bins.

“The support from Evergreen has been fantastic. They provide thorough training, including First Aid, and are always ready to help with any special needs of the clients. The camaraderie and friendly atmosphere make volunteering here a joy.”

David’s story highlights the profound impact volunteer drivers have on the community, enabling seniors to stay active and socially connected.

Join us:

By becoming a volunteer driver, you can experience the personal satisfaction of making a difference in someone’s life, while enjoying the sense of community and support that Balwyn Evergreen Centre offers.

To find out more about volunteering with Balwyn Evergreen please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kerri, on 9836 9681 /



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