Elderly (over 65) members of the community are referred to the Central Coast Disability Network by My Aged Care (the government body that is the entry point to access aged care services) and information about:

A Community Companion is matched with an elderly person or group of elderly people who have experience social isolation and who will benefit from your company. You will undertake face-to-face visits, accompanied activities or telephone and web based monitoring services at least once per fortnight to provide social interaction, companionship and friendship.

The support provided may be in a home, centre, clinic or community setting.

 

What will you do as a Volunteer Companion?

As directed by the Community Support Coordinator, you will be asked to undertake activities in accordance with the participants’ wishes. This may include, but not be limited to:

 

What skills/qualifications do you need to be a Volunteer Companion?

First and foremost – an open mind and heart, and a passion for the elderly.

Personal Qualities

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

 

When and how much time will you need to give?

You may volunteer your time for as much or little as you wish, though in our experience, we have found that volunteers who are committed on a regular basis over a long period gain a great sense of personal satisfaction. The majority of our volunteer opportunities are during the week between the hours of 9am – 5pm, though there may be opportunities to volunteer on the weekend or evenings and we can discuss this with you as they arise.

Ideally, you will be available for at least two hours per week; we will work with you to try to accommodate your availability and level of commitment and match that with the people we support.

 

For more information about this volunteer position, click here.

If you’re interested in giving back to the community and volunteering for CCDN, please email info@ccdn.com.au or fill out our Expressions of Interest form here.