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Community connection for older isolated persons (6974)

  • Location: Melbourne VIC
  • Category: Seniors & Aged Care
  • Type of work
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Seniors & Aged Care
  • Suitable for
    • People Learning English
    • People with disability
  • Commitment

    Regular - more than 6 months

  • Time Required

    Any daytime hours - Two hours a week - Commitment 12 months or more. The next training session will be taking place in February 2019. Training sessions are held every 6 months.

  • Training

    One day training session with other volunteers covering a variety of issues which affect the older generation, boundary setting, the details of the role as well as case studies and a brief talk from a current volunteer. Quarterly supervision sessions.

  • Requirements
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Working with Children Check *

    - Application Form
    - Interview
    - Reference checks
    - Induction session

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre is advertising this role on behalf of Wellways.

Help make a positive impact on an individuals life.  Meet an older person in your community and learn from their life experience.  If you can commit 2 hours a week or 3 hours a fortnight for one on one contact with an older person and commit for at least 12 months this is a great opportunity to get involved.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • 2 hours a week or 3 hours a fortnight one on one contact with an older person
  • Sitting and talking with an individual at their home or going into their local community for a coffee or to engage in activities together
  • Communicating with the Volunteer Supervisor in a timely manner
  • Attending supervision sessions
  • 12 month minimum commitment

Skills and Experience:

  • A respect for older people in our society and a firm belief in a better connected community
  • Keen conversationalist and attentive listener
  • Gentle, kind and patient
  • Enthusiastic problem solver
  • Clear boundary setting


  • Training and experience working with older people
  • Inclusion in a supportive and vibrant volunteer community
  • Seeing measurable direct positive impact on an individuals life
  • Meeting an older person in your community and learning from their life experience
  • Freedom and encouragement to take the match in your own direction

Other information re: training:

  • Meet and greet with the volunteer supervisor and older individual
  • Matches run for up to 6 months on a weekly or fortnightly basis
  • Regular phone contact with the supervisor
  • There is the option of ongoing training

Note:  This role can be conducted at an individuals home or local area in and around the Northern suburbs.


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