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Social Connection Volunteer

MacKillop Family Services
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People who feel isolated and have difficulties connecting with local community are given support by the Social Connection Volunteer, who will be offering company when going on outings or when joining a community group for the first few times.

Possible tasks

The Social Connection Volunteer will:

• Regularly spend time with people who feel isolated for a few hours a month.

• Go for walks or coffee depending on what activities the person is interested in.

• Explore local community groups which the person might be able to join.

• Be punctual, reliable and friendly.

The volunteer must possess

• Valid and current Driver’s Licence.

• Valid and current Working with Children Card.

• Satisfactory criminal history check conducted by MacKillop Family Services.

• NDIS check.

• Carer Register Check conducted by MacKillop Family Services.

**Time commitment: Approx 3 hrs a fortnight

Location: Melbourne—Melton

Induction/Training: Approx 5 hours**

You will be required to

• Sign and actively abide by MacKillop’s Code of Conduct

• Observe and actively support MacKillop’s P.8 People and Workplace Policy

• Attend mandatory and other training as required

• Participate in and promote continuous quality improvement processes

• Promote an environment that is culturally safe and strengths focussed

• Abide by principles and commitments of the Sanctuary Framework

• Participate in regular supervision and undergo all relevant compliance checks

Key selection criteria

• The ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with families, community, and others within Mackillop.

• A non-judgmental approach and compassion for supporting others who may be experiencing difficult circumstances.

• The ability to be understanding, patient and use listening skills.

• The ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with children and adults.

• An understanding or willingness to learn about child development and the issues that vulnerable children, young people and families face.

• Demonstrate behaviour consistent with MacKillop’s five values, Justice, Hope, Collaboration, Compassion, and Respect.

• A knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and values and an awareness of the current issues faced by Aboriginal children, young people and their families.