SCARF volunteer goes above and beyond in a time of need

English literacy training with Margaret Etherton

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has seen SCARF take a different approach to community.

One volunteer, who has continued her support throughout the pandemic, is Margaret Etherton. After matching with one family through her befriending role in 2016, Margaret reached out to offer her assistance and support throughout the lockdown period.

Margaret has spent over 80 hours of her time providing educational assistance to four of our community members. Working at primary, high school and tertiary levels, Margaret covered a range of subject areas and developed individual one-on-one support plans to help during the uncertain pandemic period.

Margaret said, “Initially I started as a SCARF volunteer because I wanted to put some of my skills to good use in retirement. I imagine that coming to Australia would be tough. For me, SCARF means helping community members get a decent education, adjust to Australian society and enjoy living here.”

Margaret delivered a successful English literacy training workshop to SCARF volunteers in 2019. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Jocelyn, a SCARF volunteer who took part in the English said, “Margaret’s workshop has provided with me with a much broader set of skills to assist the SCARF community members with this important achievement of belonging to Australia as citizens for themselves and younger children and to allow them to travel safely overseas as Australian citizens to visit family.”

We are very grateful to Margaret for her continuous support and significant contribution to the SCARF community. SCARF would definitely not be possible without the support of volunteers like Margaret.