National Volunteer Week 2016: Hilary Murchison

May 8, 2016

This National Volunteer Week, CMY would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of all our volunteers across Victoria. Volunteers have supported young people in particularly vulnerable circumstances through the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program, and facilitated the social inclusion of newly arrived young people through the Ucan2 program.

A big thank you to all our volunteers. Your support is invaluable.

As part of National Volunteer Week, CMY is highlighting the stories of some of these exceptional volunteers.


Hilary Murchison, Ucan2 Volunteer


A Public Health and Health Promotion student at Deakin University, Hilary thought volunteering would enable her to gain a better understanding of people’s circumstances and experiences.

I study Public Health because I want to help as many people as I can and I think volunteering is a natural part of that.

Hilary got involved in the Ucan2 program, a partnership between AMES Australia, CMY and Foundation House. Ucan2 recognises the need to provide additional support for young people (16-24 years) who are newly arrived to Australia and from a refugee or migrant background.

By volunteering with Ucan2, Hilary has played a key role in giving these newly arrived young people a sense of belonging in Australia.

It’s lovely to see all the friendships that have been formed between staff, volunteers, and young people.

It has also been so rewarding to watch the students grow and develop each week, and it has helped me become a more compassionate person at the same time.


Please click here if you would like to volunteer with Ucan2