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Individual Support Volunteers – “My W.I.S.E. Choice” Program

Meals on Wheels (SA)
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At Meals on Wheels SA we recognise that many of our customers experience loneliness and social isolation. Factors such as mobility, long-term health issues, becoming a carer, grief, mental health or a lack of transport, can result in people staying at home for lengthy periods and having little or no communication with friends, family, or their community.

Having good social connections, engaging in meaningful, productive activities and having a sense of purpose, can have positive benefits on a person's overall health and wellbeing.

The “My W.I.S.E. Choice” program is designed to support customers to remain living independently and safely in their homes. Services also incorporate daily living skills and knowledge that relate to shopping, food preparation, meals, good nutrition, and food safety. Using reablement and wellness approaches, customers are empowered to make “W.I.S.E.” choices and stay: Well, Independent and Socially Engaged.

As an Individual Support Volunteer, you will visit identified MoWSA customer(s) in their homes to provide companionship and social support including working with customers to maintain or develop skills, build confidence, maintain routine or achieve their personal goals. Different Individual Support volunteer functions include: Companionship and Conversation, Mealtime support, Technology Know How, and Therapy Support.

1.Essential Requirements:
*Current First Aid certificate *Knowledge of MoWSA food safety practices and hygiene practices *Ability to relate to and interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds *A genuine interest in building friendship and social connections with older people *Confidence to work independently and seek support and guidance as required *Ability to maintain confidentiality when dealing with customer issues
2. Desirable Requirements: *Experience working in the Aged Care sector