Enriching lives of many in society
VOLUNTEERS with Anglicare NT assist in providing services that enable older people and people with a disability to remain connected to their community, lead independent lives and stay in their own homes as long as possible.
Volunteers with the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) are matched with an older person to provide regular company, friendship and social interaction. The pair meet fortnightly to do an activity together like going for a walk, singing, playing games or heading out to a museum or a movie. As a volunteer with CVS, Sarah said she visits Sheila regularly with her two boys.
“During our visits, we usually sit in the sun and talk and then go for a short walk. Sometimes my boys bring something to show Sheila, like a musical instrument, toy or a photo from a family holiday,” she said.
“I think it is really important, especially for children, to be around people who are different to them.”
Anglicare NT’s Meals on Wheels volunteers help make it possible for older people and people with a disability to stay living in their own home. Delivery of a nutritious meal and a quick chat can prevent or delay moving into an aged care facility. Anglicare NT’s two op shops in Darwin also benefit from volunteers assisting with customer service, collecting and sorting donated goods and restoring secondhand items. At the same time as giving to the community, volunteers wanting to get back into the workforce can learn important skills and gain confidence to assist them on their journey into paid employment.
For more details about volunteering opportunities at Anglicare NT phone
(08) 8985 0000.