En­rich­ing lives of many in so­ci­ety

Sunday Territorian - - INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY -

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.

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