When Laura began accompanying herself on the guitar at 14 she soon searched for a place to practice her talent and share her music.

Laura, now a volunteer at Casa Mia Aged Care in Padstow, began singing at the age of 10, when her teacher brought in a guitar into class one time.

“Before that, I’d never been tempted to sing at all! I got the hang of performing and sang at multiple school events but I didn’t start accompanying myself on the guitar until I was 14, about a year ago,” she said.

Laura began searching for places to perform and was very keen on finding a place that she would be able to help out, and in turn, be helped as practice in performing.

“Casa Mia allows me to stretch out beyond my music class at school and comfort residents in the process,” she said.

“To be honest, I really love it. I love the smiles on familiar faces – even new faces are very kind. I feel lucky to be able to perform. Even if a bit of music only comforts one person – it makes my day!”

If you are interested in volunteering at any of our Homes please contact our Pastoral Care and Community Services Manager, Stuart Muir, on 0425 293 792 or smuir@chomes.com.au.