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The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre is advertising this role on behalf of National Ageing Research Institute.

This volunteering role forms part of a large research project exploring the impact of befriending on symptoms of depression, anxiety and loneliness in people living in residential aged care.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • undertake befriending with older people living in residential aged care facilities
  • visit an older person (befriending) once a week for a period of four months
  • befriending involves having a conversation with a person about everyday topics and events in a friendly way without discussing health problems

Skills and Experience:

  • The volunteer needs to be over the age of 18 years and be available to travel to the residential aged care facility
  • They will be required to have a police check - this can be organised by the National Ageing Research Institute

Benefits: It is expected that volunteers will get enjoyment out of befriending with the older person as well as possibly increase their own life satisfaction.