We interviewed one of our invaluable long-standing volunteers, Jocelyn Booth, about her involvement with SCARF over the years. In the time that Jocelyn has been volunteering with us, she’s impacted many lives. Her time and expertise have been an incredible gift to the SCARF community. Here’s Jocelyn’s Story:
“My name’s Jocelyn, I’ve been involved with SCARF for about 7 or 8 years now.
When I began with SCARF, I started volunteering with one Burmese family – a single mum and a young daughter. Her daughter was 3 when I started, and now she’s 12 – so I’ve been a family mentor for a long time. I’ve seen some very happy events occurring, such as the arrival of the husband of the family to Australia. I’ve seen two more little Aussies born in the last 5 or 6 years. There’s been exciting progress with this family – both Mum and Dad got licenses, their Australian Citizenship, and now they’ve taken the big step and secured a mortgage and bought a house.
So there have been some fantastic achievements in about 8 years for this family. I’ve also helped with Citizenship with the extended family. Just today I helped an Auntie register her new baby with Services NSW and get Medicare cards. So the variety of things that you do is just incredible – I find it very rewarding. With the little bit of time you’re able to give, you’re able to make a difference in the lives of our newest citizens that are part of the SCARF community.
Over the years I’ve mainly been a Family Mentor and helped people with Citizenship tests. But the other aspect that I really enjoy is helping with ‘An Introduction to Computing’ classes… The variety of things that you do is just incredible – I find it very rewarding. With the little bit of time you’re able to give, you’re able to make a difference in the lives of our newest citizens that are part of the SCARF community.
Seeing the families gain their citizenship is one of the really exciting and happy moments. And just getting hugs from the kids when you visit is lovely. I feel very honoured in the Burmese community because everyone calls me ‘Pi Pi’ which means Grandmother, even the Grandmothers call me Pi Pi! The other exciting thing is seeing the children grow up and do well at school.”
All of our volunteers, both new and long-standing, are the lifeblood of our organisation. It’s more than just the donated time and effort – it’s the warm welcomes and friendship from our volunteer community that ensures SCARF is a supportive, inclusive environment for all. The great work of SCARF would not be possible without Jocelyn and the rest of our volunteer community!
Did you know that SCARF relies entirely on public donations and small grants to keep our life-changing programs funded, rent paid and welcome mat out for former refugees? Your support, big or small, means we can keep doing what we do best: providing wrap-around, friendship-based support to former refugees navigating the many challenges of life in a new country. Every dollar you give counts for our community! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to SCARF today.