Giving is the greatest gift


There’s an old saying that says ‘the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more’. We find that most people want to give more of their time and themselves to help others, yet they either don’t know where to start or where to find the time.

That’s where St Stephen’s Volunteers comes in, with a range of regular events allowing volunteers to give back to those less fortunate without having to do any of the groundwork.

“From collecting unsold food from cafes to go to those in need, cooking for the homeless or getting involved in community events, people who want to volunteer simply need to sign up and the team will be in touch with an assignment to suit,” St Stephen’s School Principal Mrs Donella Beare said.

“It makes the concept of ‘service’ simple.

“The School’s motto of Serve God, Serve One Another is something we live by each day through our renowned Service Learning program where our staff and students get to give back to the community each week.

“We found that a lot of our families wanted to get involved so we thought, why not open the opportunities to anyone who wants to help out?”.

“We understand that everyone leads very busy lives yet many people still have that innate need to give back. The beauty of our program is that there is no minimum amount of time to give – people simply need to show an interest in volunteering and we can find something to fit them.”

To mark the launch of the new Volunteers website, the School is relaunching its ‘Betty’ project, which will see an old retro caravan transformed into a mobile food van to deliver food to people in need. See how you can help Betty get on the road, and other volunteer opportunities, at