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Aged Care Volunteer Visitors needed in Labrador for Small Group Knitting

Queensland Community Care Network

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You can make a difference...

Many elderly Australians in aged care homes are socially isolated from the community. QCCN is looking for people with big hearts to visit these senior citizens and reconnect them with the community. It only takes an hour a fortnight and all you have to do is be a friend.

Residents enjoy the social visits of our volunteers. You will be matched with three female's resident who has been identified as socially isolated, or at risk of becoming so. Who enjoy knitting and would like to knit together as a small group.

We have residents at this care home in Labrador that would greatly benefit from a new Volunteer Visitor who can meet with them fortnightly to provide friendship and social connection they would otherwise go without. It is important to note that many of the residents in the care home have a diagnosis of dementia, so only volunteers comfortable in engaging with someone with cognitive decline will be accepted for this role.

Volunteer Visitors enrich the lives of our elders in care and help bring them a sense of connection from their local community. Studies have proven that loneliness can be just as detrimental to our health as smoking - and sadly, over 40% of people in aged care don't have anyone to visit them at all. You can make a difference by visiting your new friend once a fortnight - all you have to do is be a mate!

Visits are able to take place on weekdays or weekends.

Volunteer requirements are -

  • To be aged over 18 years
  • During flu season a current flu vaccination, with a certificate to be provided to the care home (typically during April - November) plus a copy of your covid vaccinations
  • The passing of the National Criminal History Check (which we perform and pay for - you won't need to supply this!)
  • The availability to visit your new friend once a fortnight for the next twelve months. Of course, we understand holidays/study/work comes up, and that's totally fine - the regularity of your visits will also assist your resident to feel a sense of connection and to help grow your friendship even further.

This volunteer role is not suitable for those looking to gain experience within the health sector in regards to job placement/meeting study requirements. As this role offers no direct clinical exposure, it does not qualify as work or practical experience.

QCCN are excited to invite applications from volunteers who fit the criteria for this placement. This care home has wonderful supportive staff who will assist you to make sure your volunteer journey is a successful and enjoyable experience. They will be with you throughout the process for support and guidance.

Please note that during flu season (typically April - October), all visitors to aged care facilities in Australia (including staff, family and volunteers) must have a Flu Vaccination with evidence to be provided to aged care facility upon each visit.

We’re a small not for profit aiming to do big things! It’s our goal to try to eliminate the elderly feeling secluded whilst in residential care. To do this, we connect volunteers with the elderly so they can develop long lasting, meaningful friendships. We'd love to have you join our team if this is the kind of role you are looking for within the community!