At South West Do Care, we welcome Volunteers either as Visitors of Clients, Facilitators of activities, as a member of the Board of Governance or as Friends of Do Care.
Each Volunteer receives orientation/initial training. They are then either matched to the needs and interests of an older person, who has been assessed by our Liaison Officer, or will receive further training to enable them to assist as Facilitators of activities.
- Friendly Visitors with South West Do Care are matched with a Client. While the time commitment is flexible, generally:
Friendly Visitors to Clients in their own home give an hour each week to simply have a chat and provide regular companionship.
Visitors to Residents in Aged Care Facilities offer an hour a fortnight, mainly in the Aged Care Facility but, if the health of the Resident is up to it, some off-site excursions may be possible.
Time spent with the client may include sharing interests such as family, gardening, sport, books or the news, while other volunteers may take their clients for a walk, go for a drive or go out for coffee. The activities will depend on the interests and capacity of the client.
- Facilitators of activities assist in group activities.
Facilitators give as much time as mutually agreed within their busy lives. These volunteers meet with our Lifestyle Coordinator to mutually work out suitable tasks. There are a range of tasks we need volunteers to assist with. Please see our range of services and activities here.
- Friends of Do Care help with some of the odd jobs necessary to keep a not-for-profit organisation running.
- Board of Governance Members attend bi-monthly meetings to offer their professional and business expertise
How to become involved as a Volunteer …
If you would like to become a Volunteer, or find out more detail on just what is required of you, simply complete our online Contact form.
You could call into our Colac Office at 26 Murray St, phone us or email us – see our contact us page.
Usually, you will be “matched” to visit or become involved in other ways within 3 weeks.