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Join our caring team as a Volunteer Social Support

Uniting Vic Tas

We empower children, young people and families to learn and thrive. We’re there for people experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction or mental illness. We support people with disability to live the life they choose. We assist older people to maintain their independence and enjoy life. We provide opportunities to access training and meaningful employment. We’re proud to welcome and support asylum seekers to our community. We work to empower people with the information, skills and tools they need to live a healthy, happy life.

Role description: Social Support Volunteers encourage and support community engagement, independent living and enable socially isolated people to ‘get back to the things they love’ through meaningful social connections. Volunteers work with people to meet their social support goals. This might involve having a conversation with someone over a cuppa at home, or getting out and about with a group doing something the person enjoys.

Key responsibility areas Client support  Engage and enable clients to achieve their social goals as detailed in their support plan  Reduce client social isolation and increase client community engagement  Participate in activities with clients that align with the values and social support focus of the service  Monitor and communicate with the Team Leader any changes in the clients circumstances (physical and mental health or living situation)  Maintain punctuality and reliability  Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment

Core Selection Criteria  Ability to demonstrate Uniting’s values  Effective communication and interpersonal skills  Values alignment to diversity and inclusion  Confidence working independently as well as part of a team  Ability to encourage and facilitate client achievement of support plan goals  Ability to work within defined boundaries and the scope of the volunteer role

Desirable  Experience working in the area of aged care, disability or mental health  Understanding of social, emotional, and physical health needs of older people and those with disabilities and chronic health conditions.  Understanding of diversity and its relevance to service delivery/provision  Understanding of the principles of wellness and reablement  Understanding of the effects of social isolation on health and wellbeing

If you feel like this is suitable for you then we can't wait to hear from you.