Q. What commitment is required to become a Social Support Volunteer?
- Be able to commit to the role for 12 months
- Be able to commit 2–3 hours a fortnight for a one-to-one friendship match, up to a two week block once a year for a holiday or 4 – 8 hours a week during the school holidays
- Undergo a Police Check
- Obtain a Blue Card (Vacation Care and Intensive Family Support volunteers)
- Obtain a yellow card for disability support volunteers
- Meet with our staff at one of our office for an initial interview
- Undergo training specific to your involvement
- Maintain contact with the supervisor
- Be able to commit to visiting the office at least monthly.
Q. What skills does a Social Support Volunteer require?
- Commitment and reliability
- Good social skills – be a good role model
- The ability to focus on others’ needs
- An understanding of the importance of friendship and social connection.
Q. Will I receive support?
Yes. Our program staff support and appreciate volunteers. Various training programs are offered regularly and newsletters are sent out each month. Support is only a telephone call away, or you could arrange to meet for a catch-up.
Q. What type of disabilities do clients of the disability services have?
Clients may have a disability of any kind: physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, developmental or people with acquired brain injuries. Our clients disabilities range from moderate to profound.
Q. What is the age range of Social Support program clients?
- Our disability clients are aged from 18 to 64 with most being in their 30’s to 50’s.
- Vacation care clients are school aged and range from 5 to 18.
- Intensive Family Support Services clients are family groups and encompass parents and children.
- Older person program clients are seniors over the age of 65 and usually living in supported living accommodation.