Staff volunteers

Each year, we offer our time and expertise to complete a project that assists a not-for profit organisation as part of ActewAGL’s staff volunteer program. Previous years have seen our staff visit Galilee school, L'Arche and Carers ACT Respite Centre.

Cranleigh School

An enthusiastic group of 24 volunteers from across the organisation, came together to lend a hand in a much needed backyard blitz style working bee at Cranleigh School On Saturday 14 November 2015. 

The school provides educational programs for children from 3 to 12 years old with developmental delays, autism, moderate to severe intellectual or multiple disabilities.

Volunteers revitalised the school’s edible sensory garden, repainted cubby houses and provide general maintenance. New seating was also installed around the school’s beloved ‘Chook Palace’ for the kids to sit on to wait their turn to feed the chooks.

A big thank you to our staff and to our suppliers for donating or discounting materials for the project:

  • Canberra Sand and Gravel
  • Bink Pavers
  • The Garden Plant Nursery
  • Edge Catering

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Carers ACT Respite Centre

In 2014 we constructed an outdoor pergola and garden area, installed a water tank and other environmentally friendly infrastructure for the residents of the Carers ACT Respite Centre, located in Deakin.

Carers ACT provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail-aged. Carers ACT is a member of the National Network of Carers Associations.

They are a non-government, not-for-profit association that relies on public and private sector support to fulfil their mission with, and on behalf of, carers.

The project involved:

  • demolishing the rotting pergola and replacing it with a new one
  • removing existing chicken coup and replace with a chicken palace
  • installing a water tank
  • building garden beds
  • weeding the existing gardens, planting new plants and mulching garden areas
  • clearing existing drains
  • filling in the existing pond with a new garden area.

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Galilee school

ActewAGL's first staff volunteer program project was the construction of an outdoor learning, barbecue and garden area for Galilee school.

Galilee school provides an alternative education program for disadvantaged and at-risk young people aged between 12 and 16 years in the Canberra region.

The school is an accredited senior school covering years 7 to 10. The school encourages students to work towards a Year 10 Certificate. Students attend the school during normal school hours five days a week where they focus on numeracy and literacy skills in an environment that is supportive and encouraging.

A range of ActewAGL staff volunteered their time over two weekends (8, 9 and 16 April) to help with the construction for Galilee school. This included builders, plumbers, electricians, labourers and gardeners.

A big thanks to these local businesses

ActewAGL would like to thank the following local businesses who have donated goods and services to this project:

That's Cool Mobile Cool Rooms | Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets | Easyrain Automatic Sprinkler Systems | Yarralumla Nursery | Stratco ACT | Interior One

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ActewAGL Staff Volunteer program Galilee School showing outdoor area before construction

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ActewAGL Staff Volunteer program Galilee School finished project showing garden outdoor learning and BBQ area - from front view

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L'Arche

ActewAGL’s 2012 staff volunteer program was held on the weekend of 26 and 27 May and incorporated over 20 ActewAGL employees as volunteers.

The project assisted the charity L’Arche, an international federation where people with an intellectual disability share life together. Each Australian L'Arche community is made up of a number of households and/or independent flats for people with disabilities.

The ACT L’Arche branch has three houses, two in Curtin and one in Chifley. The Chifley residence caters for five permanent disabled members and two live-in assistants. The residences not only act as permanent housing for those with an intellectual disability, but also as community gathering venue for all involved with the organisation.

As a part of the 2012 staff volunteer program, ActewAGL replaced existing electric hot-water systems with solar hot-water units, cleared and repaired existing draining problems, replaced the damaged carport, redirected the air conditioner drain, repaired handrails on access ramp and improved existing gardens including the installation of a drip irrigation system and the adding of raised garden beds for the residents future use.

A big thanks to these local businesses

ActewAGL would like to thank the following local businesses who have donated goods and services to this project:

1800 Tap Fix | ActewAGL Energy Shop Fyshwick | Canberra Sand and Gravel | Easyrain Fyshwick | Kennards Hire Fyshwick | The Heritage Nursery | Yarralumla Nursery | Canberra Milk | Cafe Momo | Fyshwick Markets 

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