Corporate Volunteers

Corporate Volunteers

By Lada Dedic, Volunteer Coordinator

Summer 2014, Living Well Magazine

The Gawler Foundation has been buzzing with a successful start to our new Corporate Volunteering program at our Yarra Valley Living Centre.

The corporate volunteer day starts with a short talk by a member of our Therapeutic team explaining the important work we do at the Foundation and why volunteers play such a significant role. The group is then led in a guided meditation before heading out to join our gardeners Mascha and Ellise in our beautiful vegetable and ornamental gardens.

Tasks range from planting, weeding, harvesting, shaping beds and mulching in the ornamental and vegetable gardens to River Flats rejuvenation along the Little Yarra River, which borders the Yarra Valley Living Centre.

The volunteers are sustained with a delicious morning tea and whole-food, plant-based lunch provided by our renowned kitchen.

We endeavour to provide tasks that are interesting and variable so a fun day is had by all. We can cater for between 1-20 volunteers and many organisations find the day to be a great team-building experience. The volunteers, usually office workers, have particularly enjoyed getting away from their desks and spending time in 20 acres of lush Australian native bushland that is the Yarra Valley Living Centre, alongside the resident kangaroos, koala and wombats.

Many larger organisations have volunteering programs where they offer a number of days a year for their staff to volunteer at a not for profit organisation like The Gawler Foundation.

If you have a group interested in a fun day out in the Yarra Valley while supporting The Gawler Foundation’s important work, please email

Thank you to the following organisations that supported The Gawler Foundation through our Corporate Volunteering Program in 2013:

  • Alphawest
  • Optus
  • Department of Treasury and Finance
  • NAB
  • Northeastern University (Boston)
  • Swinburne University
  • Yarra Valley Water
  • Eastern Volunteers
  • Good Company