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Helpers needed at Gumnut Place

OPEN ARMS: Gumnut Place employee Chris Thompson with Nina Temperton.
OPEN ARMS: Gumnut Place employee Chris Thompson with Nina Temperton. Louise Cheer

GUMNUT Place is looking for volunteers.

The Murgon-based organisation, also known as the Australian Disability Enterprise, employs people with disabilities.

And it only has one volunteer on its books.

The organisation is looking for more.

South Burnett CTC chief executive officer Nina Temperton said Gumnut Place was a friendly place to work.

"When you walk into Gumnut Place everyone who works here always greets you with a smile," she said.

"We want volunteers to come in and help out, but we'd also like them to have fun."

Ms Temperton said volunteers could be allocated to a number of jobs.

"The areas volunteers can work in are the wood workshop, commercial laundry and commercial kitchen," she said.

"And we do trophy engravings so I think volunteers for that would be good too, especially some with computer skills."

Gumnut Place also needs a volunteer with a green thumb to help out their lone gardener who tends to the vegetable garden.

But Ms Temperton said just wanting to help out was not enough to qualify to be a Gumnut Place volunteer.

"The thing about looking for volunteers to work in a place like this is that we have to look at a criteria and they're treated like an employee," she said.

"Because in many ways we prefer someone with maturity, but I don't mean age-wise.

"I mean people who can interact well and have an understanding of people with a disability."

For more information or to volunteer call Gumnut Place on 41681852 or drop-in at 22 Gore St, Murgon.



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