'Help Me With It' Stories



    • Help me visit my brother in hospital

    • Robert and Sue’s story

Robert asked for help to travel to Redland Bay hospital to visit his gravely ill brother. He asked for help to use public transport, but Sue drove him and waited for a few hours while the brothers talked.

Seeker: Robert R.

I’m very shaky on my feet and can’t get to the hospital to see my brother. Thank you Sue. It was great to see my brother. I will do anything in my power to support Help Me With It, including telling people about it.

Helper: Suzanne E.

A round trip that only took 4 hours bought so much joy for Robert and his dear brother. We enjoyed chatting and I explored a new area while waiting. I look forward to volunteering again soon. I can’t volunteer regularly because I am my husband’s carer.


    • Taking an old fridge to the dump

    • Tim and Suzette's story

Tim asked if a volunteer could take an old fridge to the dump. Suzette, Tim and Elizabeth had a good chat then zoomed off to the dump. Not many people have a trailer or ute. We’ve had a few Seekers ask for help to take rubbish to the dump or to donate so if you have a trailer you could be the help that someone else needs.

Seeker: Tim D.

Excellent. I am very grateful. Thank you to Suzette and thank you Nicole for your support to post my task. I don’t know how else I would have got the fridge there and it had to go.

Helper: Suzette H.

This was a great opportunity for me to help someone in my community. I was visiting the dump that day so helping out Tim was no trouble at all.


    • Help with cashflow manager

    • Sarah and Susan’s story

Sarah ran a small business that she needed to wind up. She wanted a hand to sort the recording of transactions and invoices so she could move on. Sarah is not confident with numbers, so she asked for help to use a program called Cashflow Manager.

Seeker: Sarah R.

My experience with Help Me With It was pretty awesome. I received some really helpful guidance and was able to complete my task. I found Susan to be very approachable and friendly. I would not hesitate to post up another task.

Helper: Susan B.

I love this service. Just finding the request from Sarah and knowing that I could help was easy. The process was smooth and Sarah was very welcoming. When we sat down to work out how I could assist she was on the right path, so I just took her through some options. I really enjoyed our meeting and would recommend to anyone that they just reach out.


    • Mowing and tidying my yard

    • Stephanie and John’s story

Stephanie’s mower broke down and her children couldn’t play safely in their yard. Stephanie was so grateful our volunteer Helper John could help her out. We love a before and after photo!

Seeker: Stephanie M.

Awesome, thank you Help Me With It. I will tell others about the service for sure.

Helper: John C.

I was glad I could help someone in need. Hopefully some stress was removed from Stephanie and her kids now that they have a clear fun spot to play.


    • Mowing and edging in my yard

    • Julie and Anthony’s story

Julie asked for help to mow her lawn after significant rain. She was unwell and suffering from asthma, so the task was impossible for Julie.

Seeker: Julie S.

Seeing the long grass in my yard everyday was starting to get me down, so I was so excited to have Anthony visit and tidy it all up. It looks so great now!

Helper: Anthony P.

It was so satisfying seeing how good Julie’s yard looked after the mowing and edging had been done.


    • A lesson to use Excel to categorise my movies

    • Elaine and Louise’s story

Elaine asked for help to create a spreadsheet to manage her movie list. Her hobby is movies. Elaine has family interstate and she could not work out how to be supported with just this task. She was blown away when helped by Louise to scan each movie using an app which captured all the data!

Seeker: Elaine S.

That was better than the opera! Did you know there is an app than scans DVDs and all the data is there instantly!?

Helper: Louise J.

Being able to help someone achieve what they were wanting to do is extremely fulfilling. Me having a hobby that matches what Elaine wanted to do was such a bonus.


    • Budgeting to help my family

    • Libby and Stacey’s story

Libby asked if someone could create a budget template for her with her income and expenses so she could have this up on her fridge every month. Libby wanted her family to see it and better understand what they could spend and what they needed to save.

Seeker: Libby C.

Stacey created a simple budget so we could track our progress every month. I can add notes for the kids to see. She also shared a calculator off her company’s website so I can use it to plan. This has really helped our whole family.

Helper: Stacey H.

I’m a Branch Manager at CUA, so this task really suited me. I enjoy making lists and budgets for my own family so I really loved putting Libby’s budget together for her.


    • Updating my resume

    • Deb and Mark’s story

Deb asked for help to revise her resume. Deb was soon to finish her contract and she wanted to prepare well to find a new job. This was a virtual task. The volunteer Helper and Deb emailed back and forth to prepare the resume.

Seeker: Deborah J.

All I can say is - WOW! My resume looks really awesome - thank you. I am actually moved to tears. I am really grateful to Mark. My confidence has taken a pounding recently and this process is really helping me raise my self-esteem again.

Helper: Mark G.

It felt so satisfying to support Deb. I cannot volunteer regularly, so this opportunity suited me and I will be able to help someone again soon.


    • Clean outside walls and tidy for collection

    • Valmai and Angela’s story

Valmai lives on a large property and it is becoming very difficult to do many jobs. She has regular support from a community service, however that service does not extend to tasks that need doing once in a while.

Seeker: valmai m.

I very much appreciated Angela’s help. I really needed it. I have had a stroke and am struggling. Tasks like cleaning outside are so hard for me. I enjoyed meeting Angela too.

Helper: Angela H.

Help Me With It is a great way of being able to reach people that need help and I assisted Val with a number of household chores that she was unable to do herself including the cleaning of external areas of her home and moving old furniture for rubbish collection.


    • Connecting my TV and a lesson

    • Rachel and Louise’s story

Rachel had no problem operating her TV or recorder years ago but was now struggling. She said she was exasperated with two remotes! she said. Rachel also has trouble with her strength because of Multiple Sclerosis - so it makes fiddly tasks very hard.

Seeker: Rachel M.

Within a few days of posting my request, Louise came with her toolbox. She quickly worked it all out and explained everything clearly. With 24 hrs she had sent me two pages of pictures of the remotes with footnotes all over them describing the different features. What bliss! Thank you, Louise!

Helper: Louise J.

It was wonderful being able to be of assistance to Rachel. I love playing with electronics and it was great being able to use some of my skills to help another person.


    • Help to create a small garden

    • Natalie and David’s story

Natalie really wanted to create a new garden so she had a project to manage at home. She did not have anybody to help her and could not manage this after surgery, nor afford a gardener on a pension. We love this photo of Natalie and David in front of the new garden!

Seeker: natalie t.

David my volunteer was amazing and fantastic company to talk to. His help was so much appreciated. I recommend Help Me With It to anyone who needs support.

Helper: David I.

Had a lovely time putting in a new garden for Natalie. Until today we had never met, however we found we had a lot in common. By the end of the task we both felt good about what we had achieved.


    • Trimming a hedge

    • Carol-Joy and Suzette’s story

Carol-Joy is finding it increasingly difficult to manage her yard because of her disabilities. She lives alone and has always taken great pride in her home since being able to live there.

Seeker: Caroljoy M.

I love working in my garden but recently I have not been able to really do as much as I would like. Having someone to help me trim the hedges means the garden looks tidy again and I met someone lovely. We had a great chat and I am hoping when I am well I can help someone else.

Helper: Suzette H.

I was happy to help out and it only took an hour or so one afternoon after work. Carol-Joy joined in with some of the easier tasks so it was a great opportunity for team work. We were both very pleased with our efforts at the end.


    • Sorting out clothes to declutter and donate

    • Elia and Christine’s story

Elia wanted to sort through some clothes and work out what to throw or give away. She said she struggled with keeping too much and it was getting out of hand. She asked if someone who loved sorting could help her make a start.

Seeker: Elia P.

I have been wanting to sort my clothes out for so long but I really needed someone to help me. I was able to donate lots of clothes to charity and now have lots of space in the cupboards. I feel so much better now!

Helper: Christine L.

I love doing tasks like this so it was a great joy to see how my skills could help someone else. I cannot volunteer regular because I am away a lot, so I hope to help with more tasks like this.


 

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