Home visits welcomed
community,” says Ms Davidson.
Mr Long says the two are nice people and he appreciates the company.
“No man is an land.”
And they also enjoy hearing his stories from the past.
“It’s a really easy way to get involved with the community. It doesn’t take much time and it means a lot to the people who do it,” says Ms Davidson.
Project coordinator Lisa Fe’ao matches volunteers with socially isolated elderly people in their area.
“It’s people whose friends have mostly passed away and they still have family, but find the days are long. They sometimes have poor mobility.
“Their life has changed so much, it’s easy for them to become depressed. The goal is to enhance their lives.”
She is looking for vol- unteers to be matched with people in Epsom, Onehunga, Greenlane and Remuera.
Volunteers are asked to spend one hour a week with their matched person.
“It often goes from there. It’s very much a befriending service.”
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Ms Fe’ao on 479-8950 ext 9, or 027-244-3325 or by email at lisa_ fe’ao@ nzf. salvation army.org.
New friends: Volunteers Leandro Ribeiro, left, and Emily Davidson visit Mervyn Long every week.