Volunteer story of the month
Volunteers have a great variety of reasons for freely giving their time and talent to make our communities better. Simon Taylor found that by volunteering he is able to meet people, form friendships, and develop a sense of belonging.
Simon Taylor of Williamstown is very clear about why he volunteers. “It’s the best way to quickly meet people, make friendships and develop a sense of belonging and pride in the place you live,” he said.
After moving around in his career of management in the Navy, Simon and his wife Anne sought out a “country community” in which to live. He brought with him a skill-set that could help strengthen committees and how they operate and has showed groups that by working together they can become more effective.
Simon is and has been involved as a member of most organisations in Williamstown. He is passionate about developing a vibrant community.
Southern Barossa Alliance brings together business and community groups to form a united voice for the area. Simon has helped groups develop good governance and strategic plans that help organisations in areas such as successfully applying for grants to fund community-based projects.
Simon said that volunteering in many roles has enabled him to be committed to developing a community sense of “ownership and having a nice place to live”. He said that Southern Barossa Alliance is about promoting a united community that has the critical mass to make a difference to the local community and the Barossa. Simon described that by volunteering he is able to “enjoy lovely people who have become true friends, be fully engaged in my community, and to have the opportunity to pay back.”
Thank you Simon for your commitment to your local community and the Barossa through Southern Barossa Alliance.