Natalie - Volunteer 1:1 Mentor

"I joined Interchange as a volunteer in the teen companion program in mid-2009. I was matched with Thea, who is one year younger than me and lives close to my suburb.

We discovered we have similar personalities and became good friends quickly. We have now been friends for five years and in that time we have become very close.

I am so grateful to be a part of Thea's life; she is a beautiful young woman with a heart of gold. We see each other fortnightly but keep in close contact throughout the week. We enjoy going to the cinemas, going shopping, and having lunch or dinner together. I thank Interchange for giving me the opportunity to make a difference in somebody's life, and for giving me an invaluable friendship that will last a lifetime."