After moving to Gin Gin a year and a half ago, Brian Carmichael has wasted no time offering a helping hand to his local community.
Brian has become the “go-to” person within the region, volunteering his time not only at the Gin Gin Community Hub to provide technology support, but also with Kolan Community Options providing transport and assistance.
From Monday through to Wednesday between 9 am and 2 pm Brian offers tech help at the hub.
He has provided support with everything from community grant applications, creating slideshows, downloads and uploads and recharging mobile phone credit.
“I give lots of mobile phone help because some of the older people do not understand their phones and need email addresses,” Brian said.
“While it is rather hard for these people to work out, a lot of the tasks are relatively simple.”
The support allows participants to build confidence and learn new skills at their own pace with Brian's one-on-one support.
Brian says he loves giving back to the community and meeting new people through the support he offers.
“I love having a chat with the different people,” he said.
“I do not have a background in IT but I have been running small businesses for the past 30 odd years, so I do know how to use computers.
“The Gin Gin Hub is fantastic, and a great resource for the community.”
While giving his time to those who need assistance, Brian said he was just glad he could help.
“People are always grateful at what they can come in here and get help (with),” he said.
“I hear a lot of people being told to go and ask your kids to help, and that is all well and good to say you can go to your kids to help, but a lot of the time their kids aren’t close by, so at least I can help them.”
Brian supports all neighbourhood centre activities and makes sure the small details are not missed, helping with a range of events, while also keeping the plants alive in the hub.
When he is not sharing his technology skills and wicked sense of humour, Brian assists Kolan Community Options with transport for clients to make sure they can get to and from their appointments and pick up essential items from the local IGA and pharmacy.
Brian also supports the fortnightly men’s outing that provides facilitated group support to encourage peer-to-peer social connections.
Anyone can book into Brian’s sessions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 4130 4630.
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