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Volunteer Opportunities at BCR Communities

It’s a common scenario – after a few years of retirement, Sanctuary Point local Julie Garamy started to feel restless. She wanted to feel like she was helping others again, to be part of a team and have a purpose to her day.

Luckily for BCR Communities, Julie picked up an issue of About Magazine, read a story about volunteering with BCR and the next day made the call to offer her services.

BCR Communities is a not-for-profit which has been providing aged care, community, youth and disability services in the Bay and Basin for over 32 years. We were started by locals for locals and volunteers like Julie have always been at the heart of our organisation.

“I started by volunteering with aged care clients, helping with activities in the centres and assisting with social outings on the bus,” Julie said.

“I loved it so much because I could see how happy the clients were, it felt so good to see them engaged and having a wonderful time together.”

Julie has been volunteering with BCR for nine years and is a much appreciated member of the team. She now works in volunteer administration and service coordination acting as the match-maker between our clients and our volunteers.

‘Having a chat’ is Julie’s superpower, she can talk to anyone and find common ground very quickly. After a couple of hours in Julie’s company everyone feels they have found a friend and she is an expert at finding the right fit for our volunteers.

BCR Communities offers a range of volunteer opportunities – you could change a young person’s life as a driver mentor;  use your woodworking skills for community projects; provide companionship to someone who is socially isolated and so much more.

If like Julie, you are ready to find your purpose and give back to your community, contact BCR Communities today on 1300 222 748 or email

BCR Communities volunteer Julie Garamy sitting at computer desk

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