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Do you have an hour or so each week to provide social support to Vera? - Berwick

Uniting (Victoria And Tasmania)
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We are looking for kind, committed and positive people. to join our team of 1:1 social support volunteers. This program is designed to support older people and adults that are at risk of social isolation to reconnect with their community and the things they love to do. Vera* might be a little shy to start with but once you get to know her you will discover her great sense of humour and her warm and friendly personality.

She enjoys gardening, sewing, embroidering, watching TV, especially Australian soaps, and her much-loved cat. Vera is looking for someone with similar likes to share stories and a chat. Initially she would like someone to visit her at home and progress to going out for coffee or lunch, visiting the shops or going for a walk. The ability to help Vera* learn how to use her IPAD would be a bonus.

This volunteer will need to be thoughtful and patient with some insight into short term memory loss. Ideally you will be available once per week in the afternoon on any weekday, have a valid license and access to a car. You will use your skills to provide companionship, and support Vera*. Practical communication skills and confidence to work independently are a must. As a valued member of the Social Support team you will have access to ongoing training and development opportunities, meet new people and develop new skills.

You will have support from a dedicated volunteer coordinator who we assist you throughout your volunteer journey. You will be volunteering to inspire people, enliven communities and confronting injustice to make an impact in your community. If you are interested in this role please email or call 13 93 75 please quote TI-S-07

Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability