Social support volunteering is a great way to help make a real difference in people’s lives and help some of our vulnerable neighbours and community members to have a more active and safe social life. Having someone to go to the movies with, share a cup of coffee or even just going on a train trip can seem like a simple feat but for some people, it is a big deal. If you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and love helping people to connect with their community, this might be for you!
From time to time there are social support volunteering opportunities in the following programs:
Disability support services
Volunteers help across disability services in a range of areas. They provide support in our offices, through friendship and social activities, at our special school vacation care programs and even by accompanying people who need some support to go on holidays. Building relationships is a great way to connect with the community, have fun and make a difference.
Older Persons Program
Many older people living in supported accommodation often have very few visitors or friends outside of where they are living which can lead to isolation, loneliness and a loss of dignity. Having regular visits or calls from a volunteer can help reduce social isolation and even encourage clients to participate in more activities. Volunteers visit once a week or fortnight and share a cup of coffee and a few stories with clients. The difference this little bit of contact can make on clients' quality of life is enormous. This volunteer role is available in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Townsville and Cairns.
Intensive Family Support Service
Volunteers are part of a support team which provides structured in-home parenting support to assist families to meet the goals of their family case plan. The case plan may include goals targeting, social isolation, parenting skills, role modelling the importance of play, helping to implement routines and positive behaviour role modelling. Families that are supported in this program have undergone significant turmoil and stress and having a friendly person visit them once a week to help keep them on track and work towards their goals makes a huge difference.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions that will give you more details around social support volunteering with UnitingCare Community.
How to apply
For a listing of current volunteer vacancies, check out UnitingCare Community on Volunteering Qld.