Madeley teen volunteer: ‘I love giving back to the community’


Brandon (12) and Tayla (17) Taseff of Madeley). Picture: Martin Kennealey
Brandon (12) and Tayla (17) Taseff of Madeley). Picture: Martin Kennealey

LIKE many teenagers, Tayla Taseff (17) enjoys playing on her computer, going to movies with friends and swimming.

Over the past year, the Madeley resident’s interest in volunteering has grown, however, and she has spent school holidays helping at the Brightwater Madeley aged care home.

“I love talking to the residents; some of the residents are so entertaining,” she said.

“I love giving back to the community.

“I want to work in the health sector when I’m old anyway so I think that’s good experience.

“I want to go to university to study medicine”

Tayla, who has cerebral palsy, said she was good at most subjects, particularly human biology, and was considering becoming a doctor.

Her mother Geraldine said she was proud when her daughter suggested volunteering during the Christmas holidays, and continued to do so in subsequent school holidays.

“School holidays, you don’t expect young kids to say ‘I want to go to an aged care place’,” she said.

Tayla also does horse riding with the Riding for Disabled Association of WA in Carine.

Her younger brother Brandon (12) has a milder form of cerebral palsy, and has not let that hinder his activities.

An avid drummer, he has been playing the instrument since he was about seven.

“I wanted to play guitar but when I went (to a music store) they said my fingers were too small,” he said.

Instead he tried the drums, and said he enjoyed getting into the rhythm.

“I do find it is something in the future I could maybe progress into; at the moment it’s just a fun hobby in everyday life,” he said.

In the past two years, he has received music scholarships from the Variety WA and Mrs Taseff said the family had been pleased to discover his talent for music.

“With his cerebral palsy, we didn’t think his fine motor co-ordination would work,” she said.

“They have both got disabilities but that doesn’t stop them from attempting to do all kinds of stuff.

Brandon said he also enjoy sports, such as basketball, football, tennis and swimming.