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Robinson helping the elderly and young with equal compassion, care and empathy

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Whether it’s supporting seniors or assisting high school students, Tammy Robinson’s passion has long been helping people in need.

As a lifestyle carer at Carinity Home Care, Robinson, pictured above with one of her clients, Joanne Taylor, supports seniors living on Brisbane’s south side to live the life they love, in the home they love.

She is also dedicated to supporting teenagers in the Logan district through her award-winning not-for-profit social business, Formally Ever After.

Recognising that many families struggle to afford the costs of school formals, Robinson established the community program in 2019.

It helps to remove financial barriers to attending formals by providing donated dresses, suits, and accessories for students to wear for free.

“Here in Logan some families struggle with bare necessities, so I knew formal wear for that final celebration was way out of their reach,” Robinson says.

“I wanted to have a program to make sure no local Year 12 students missed out on going to their formal.

Tammy Robinson established her award-winning not-for-profit social business, Formally Ever After, back in 2019 and so far it has dressed around 1200 young people for their school formal.

Robinson says she knew she could make a difference, so decided just to give it a go.

“I started asking my friends and family to donate and then went around to schools. Each year it has grown more and more as word has spread.”

The community-minded carer has so far dressed around 1200 young people for their big night, including Carinity Education Southside students.

Her enterprise has also helped to “show our young adults that kindness is free and that their whole community want them to attend their formals”.

Seeing how happy the students are, the smiles are priceless. Seeing how we inspire, empower, and impact our young adults just makes my heart so full of love.

Tammy Robinson

Formally Ever After also helps to dress students for Year 6 graduations, Year 10 semi-formals and student award ceremonies, and assists “other special individuals who just need something special to wear”.

“Seeing how happy the students are, the smiles are priceless,” Robinson says.

“Seeing how we inspire, empower, and impact our young adults just makes my heart so full of love.”

The kind-hearted Queenslander’s efforts have not gone unrecognised.

She’s been nominated as Logan City’s Volunteer of the Year, won the Community Champion and People’s Choice awards in ABC Brisbane’s Community Spirit Awards, and has received awards from federal and state MPs.

Kindness and compassion are also driving Robinson’s work with Carinity Home Care Brisbane South and supporting seniors has long been one of her passions.

It’s about giving your time to those who need it, being kind and caring and doing what you can to make others feel comfortable, empowered, uplifted, and supported.

Tammy Robinson

“I actually started volunteering in a local nursing home when I was 12,” she says.

“My love for older people just grew and grew and I worked in nursing homes before I had children.

“Now I love working in the community and helping to keep our seniors in their homes longer.

“I just love that we get to be a small part of their lives and can assist them to live a life they want in their own homes.”

Robinson sees similarities between caring for seniors and assisting younger people in need.

“It’s about giving your time to those who need it, being kind and caring and doing what you can to make others feel comfortable, empowered, uplifted, and supported.

“It’s about making even the smallest of difference to their day and their lives, leaving them with a happy feeling in their hearts,” she said.

“Going to work each day makes me smile because I know I get to see some of my favourite people.”

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