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LIFE Companion

  • Location: Across: Dickson ACT, Belconnen Dc ACT, Gungahlin ACT, O'connor ACT
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Seniors & Aged Care
  • Time Required

    1-2 hours, weekly or fortnightly

  • Suitable for
    • Centrelink Volunteers
    • People Learning English
  • Type of work
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Disability Support
    • Driving & Transportation
    • Seniors & Aged Care
  • Reimbursement

    Kilometre

  • Requirements
    • Driver's Licence (C)
    • National Police Certificate *

    Working With Vulnerable People Card required.

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

Northside's LIFE Program enables older citizens to enjoy their life by engaging with passions old and new. Volunteers are paired with a participant and meet for 1-2 hours weekly or fortnightly to engage in agreed activities such as:

  • Going to the movies, libraries, museums, nurseries or community gardens.

  • Going for walks and attending shows and exhibitions.

  • Undertaking hobbies such as knitting, craft, painting, cooking, gardening, reading, singing, dancing, bird watching or playing a musical instrument.

  • Having a cup of tea/coffee, going out for meals, shopping or paying bills.

  • Volunteers are paired with participants deemed to have similar interests and compatible personalities

  • Volunteers and participants meet at mutually agreed times and places which are documented in a participant support plan.

  • Volunteers meet with participants Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm or Saturday 8am - 12pm.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LIFE COMPANIONS

  • Commit to regular (weekly/fortnightly) meetings.

  • Complete volunteer induction and training.

  • Conduct each visit in a professional, competent and caring manner.

  • Complete a monthly report on visitation hours and provide feedback by completing a quarterly evaluation report.

  • Follow all guidelines, policies and procedures provided by Northside.

  • Maintain professional boundaries between yourself and the participant.

  • Uphold the values of commitment and reliability while respecting the confidentiality and privacy of program participants at all times.

  • Contact Northside staff immediately if you have any concerns relating to the health or wellbeing of program participants.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION

  • Ability to work and communicate with a diverse range of people from various backgrounds, including older citizens.

  • Ability to work independently and take responsibility for own actions and behaviour and how this impacts on others.

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING @ NORTHSIDE

  • Play a significant role in: - Developing the skills of older people. - Providing meaningful social contact for older people.

  • Develop your own social support skills.

  • Attain references to be used for work or other relevant applications.

  • Opportunities to access the training and development activities offered by Northside.

  • Be part of the dedicated, caring and supportive Northside team!


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