Volunteering is a rewarding experience

Volunteer with Age Concern Canterbury and make a difference

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and age groups and tell us often how much they enjoy connecting with older people.

Our volunteer roles include Volunteer Visitors, Mini Bus Drivers, Social Outings Hosts and Social Outings Volunteers.

Read on to find out what our volunteers do:

 

Accredited Visiting Service (AVS)

Many older people in our community are lonely or isolated as they receive few or no regular visitors. The Accredited Visiting Service helps reduce this loneliness by providing friendship and companionship through a weekly visitor, enhancing the well-being and quality of life of the older person.

Are you:

  • Warm, friendly and enjoy a chat?
  • Keen to spend time with an older person?
  • Able to give about one hour per week on a regular basis?
  • Respectful of confidentiality and diversity?
If this is you, you could be an Age Concern Canterbury Accredited Visitor

Contact Emma 331 7809 or Liz 331 7816

What do our Visitors say?

“We are getting along really well, the hour flies by! We have lots to talk about and once she is back on track with her mobility we are planning on going for a few walks to get her confidence back.”

“I enjoyed my first visit so much, she has so many interesting things to talk about with me and I find her so joyful and fun! I was sad to have to leave after just an hour, the time went so fast! I am looking forward to my next visit!”

“You couldn’t have made a better friend match we don’t think. We both enjoy food and coffee especially. We plan to go to the movies soon!”

“We have become close friends! She is a delightful person and we have lots in common. She is knowledgeable about music, art, theatre and literature. We have so much to talk about, stories and reminiscences to share. I value her friendship very much and have enormous respect for her.”

“I have been visiting for almost 5 years now, and it is one of the best things I’ve done. We enjoy being together and often do other outings as well. She very kindly visits me when I have been unwell and in hospital, so it’s truly a two way street. She is a real honey and I am very fond of her.”

“I started volunteering in 2002 after I became a widow- I thought ‘I can do that’ after reading an advertisement in the newspaper. I have visited 4 different people over the past 15 years. A lot has changed in all our lives over that time, I have attended family weddings and continued visiting when one of my clients moved to rest home care, I can’t imagine not visiting.”

 

Social Outings Service

Many older people in our community are lonely or isolated as they have little interaction with the community. The Social Outings Service helps reduce this loneliness by providing friendship and experiences through regular outings, enhancing the well-being and quality of life of the older person. Within this service we have three volunteer roles: Driver, Host and Social Outings Volunteer

Driver and Social Outings Volunteer

Are you:

  • Warm,friendly and enjoy a chat?
  • Keen to spend time with older people?
  • Able to spare a morning or afternoon on a regular basis?
  • Respectful of confidentiality and diversity?
  • A competent and confident driver? Note: No special licence is required.
  • Or able to assist our drivers on an outing?

What do our Volunteers say?

“I Joined the volunteers at Age Concern as a minibus driver because as a recent retiree I was feeling so fortunate and content with very good health, family and security that I wanted to ‘give a little back’. I was immediately taken by the genuine care and compassion shown by Peter and Debbie and I feel privileged to be part of their team. However the biggest surprise has been how I find myself looking forward to my Thursdays and the groups I transport, I am experiencing just as much satisfaction if not more so than the lovely people I take care of.”

“I am so lucky to be able to give so much pleasure to so many wonderful people. Their stories are so humbling.”

Host

Are you:

  • Warm, friendly and enjoy a chat?
  • Keen to spend time with older people?
  • Able to host up to nine people in your own home/community centre?
  • Respectful of confidentiality and diversity?

Contact Peter (Host Visits Co-ordinator) on 331 7801 or Debbie (Cafe Groups Co-ordinator) on 331 7814 to express your interest.

 

All volunteers will need to:

  • Attend an initial interview
  • Agree to a police check and referee checks
  • Participate in our orientation programme (which includes an AA driving assessment for our drivers).
Volunteers are carefully selected and are trained and supported by our  Co-ordinators.

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Visitors:

Are you available for 1-2 hours between 10am-4pm during the week?

This month we need volunteers in the following areas:

-Harewood
- Spreydon
- Halswell
- Mairehau
- Woolston

If you are available in any other locations please do not hesitate to contacts us as we receive regular referrals from all over Christchurch.

Please contact Emma on 3317809 or Liz on 3317816 to find out more!

"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.
You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer ,
you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in"
- Unknown

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