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Community visitor volunteer

St Kilda, Prahran, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Windsor

About the position

Befriend an older person living in our aged care home and make a difference to their life.

By volunteering in an aged care residential facility you can improve the quality of life for older people who have limited contact with others and as a result are at risk of isolation and loneliness– whether for social or cultural reasons, or due to disability. By befriending an older person living in an aged care home, you have a chance to make a difference to their life – and to your own.

Many residents have histories of experiencing homelessness or disadvantage, many with a range of complex needs, resulting from negative life experiences including the effects of poverty, exposure to trauma and social isolation.

About Sacred Heart Mission

Every day of the year, Sacred Heart Mission assists hundreds of people who are experiencing homelessness or disadvantage to find shelter, food, care and support. Through our wide-ranging homelessness services, research and innovation we strongly advocate for an inclusive, fair and compassionate community where people can overcome disadvantage and trauma.

Responsibilities

  • Regularly visit an isolated resident (that you are matched with) in an aged care residential facility.
  • Engage them in hobbies and activities which can range from reading the newspaper together through to making music or playing cards.

Commitment

Weekly or fortnightly, between Monday and Friday during business hours

Turkish and Russian speaking volunteers

While we welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, we are also looking for a Turkish speaking volunteer who is willing to travel to our partner residential facility in South Melbourne. A Russian speaking volunteer is needed for a client at our Sacred Heart Community in St Kilda.

Footy literate volunteer

We are also looking for a volunteer to assist with our resident’s footy tipping competition. This person would naturally be footy literate and available on Fridays to complete the tips and engage with up to 30 residents participating in the competition.

To apply

As part of the application process we will ask you to agree to a confidentiality agreement, adhere to our Code of Conduct, complete an NDIS check (costs will be covered by Sacred Heart Mission) and be willing to undergo a police check.