The Role of Companionship Volunteers

The Role of Companionship Volunteers:

Building Connections and Enhancing Well-Being


Our Companionship Volunteers are trained to provide social and emotional well-being support that is tailored to the interests of the individuals they assist. Offering emotional support, a listening ear, and a friendly presence, our volunteers engage in activities that foster connection, bonding, and contribute to ones overall well-being.

Our companionship volunteers demonstrate flexibility in their commitment, dedicating 1-4 hours of quality time each week to accommodate the specific needs of their paired individuals. This personalised approach ensures that our volunteers can deliver meaningful and impactful support to members of our community who benefit from their companionship.

Some of the activities they engage in include reading books or magazines, assisting with hobbies like crafts or art, writing letters, documenting life memories, enjoying a comforting tea or coffee, and basking in the sunshine. Additionally, they may accompany individuals on community outings to places such as movies, coffee shops, or shopping excursions.

It is important to note that our volunteers are unable to provide assistance with nursing care, medications, mobility, or medications. Their focus is on companionship and enhancing emotional well-being only.

If you know someone in the Maitland Community that could benefit from companionship support, please download our PDF fact sheet and/or download and complete a referral form. You can contact the Volunteer Coordinator via email or phone 0459 712 725.

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