Volunteer's support with a smile
IF YOU'VE ever dreaded doing administration tasks like banking, data entry or mail sorting at work, spare a thought for Robyn Hampton.
She does it twice a week - for free. And she loves it.
Mrs Hampton volunteers with the New School of Arts in South Grafton and said it was a single interview at the centre after finishing a business administration course that led to her new vocation.
"I was interested in doing some volunteer work and I came to the volunteer organisation right in this building to see what was available," she said.
"The lady interviewing me walked out to her boss, came back and said 'We could use you here' - and I've been here ever since."
Mrs Hampton works between reception in the main office and staffing The Hub at the centre - something which Mrs Hampton said she gets a great deal of satisfaction from.
"The people you meet in The Hub are from all walks of life in so many different situations," she said.
"To be able to help them out in any way is a great feeling.
"And to be able to help out such a wonderful organisation as the School of Arts is a reward itself."
Aside from her service, Mrs Hampton said it's the contact and networking with people that makes it worthwhile.
"There's such a great connection between the people and loyalty that draws me here - often when I'm not here I wonder if I should do more," she said.
"But I just love this centre; it feels like a second home to me."