Scott Tegan was inspired to start volunteering after receiving help with his mental health from a group of volunteers.
“When I was at a low point of my life and suffering from depression I had a small group of male volunteers mentoring me. It was the volunteers who comforted me just by being there,” he said.
Scott Tegan has now been volunteering for 5 years as a mentor with Marcus Mission – an initiative of Wesley Mission focusing on suicide prevention for young men. He has also spent 8 years volunteering at the Centre for Men Australia as a caterer.
“My role mentoring involves spending time outdoors with my mentee, usually in the park talking while we box or kick a footy. As a caterer at Centre for Men I help monitor the food so they don’t have to pay someone,” he said.
Since he started volunteering Scott has further witnessed the impact that these organisations and the volunteers have on individuals and the local community.
“Those involved feel part of a larger community. It gives them a sense of purpose and helps them to understand that they are loved and cared for,” he said.
Scott wishes he had started volunteering earlier and encourages others to do the same.
“I continue to volunteer because I want a positive legacy to remain, so others can feel the same love and hope that was showered on me. It doesn’t require much of your time and it is so rewarding to help and walk beside others,” he said.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer; you can do so by visiting www.vsaustralia.org.au/becomeavolunteer.