The Kingborough Positive Ageing Plan identified a need for a program that helps to extend the time that older people are able to live independently in their own homes.
Funding was sourced and granted from the Department of Health and Ageing from Home and Community Care (HACC) funds to develop a pilot program in Kingborough – The Kingborough Volunteer Program.
The HACC Program funding assists people aged 65 and over who need basic support services to continue to live in the community with dignity.
The Kingborough Volunteer Program promotes healthy ageing in Kingborough by providing a coordinated volunteer program to assist frail and aged residents of the community who need basic support services to continue to live in the community with dignity. We aim to improve the quality of life for clients by providing volunteer social support, transport assistance, home maintenance, pet support and domestic assistance.
Volunteering can be as fulfilling for the volunteer, as it is to the person who receives the services. The Kingborough Volunteer Program offers a full range of volunteer opportunities including:
When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others – you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Studies also show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.
Some of the support services offered are:
How to assist:
Volunteering for just one or two hours can be very rewarding. Volunteering once a week, once a fortnight or even just once a month can benefit a member of the community who, through illness, disability or frailty cannot carry out normal day to day tasks.
The Kingborough Volunteer Program is a Centrelink approved provider.
The program is able to provide limited mileage reimbursement for use of your own vehicle.
How to become a client:
These services will help clients remain reasonably independent in their own home.
Support services are provided for clients from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.
There is a $5 service fee except for the social support activities.
All volunteers have current police checks.
If you would like a volunteer to come and help you with a variety of activities, all you need to do is contact the program coordinator on (03) 6211 8200.
The program aims to:
Meet client needs, which are best served through developing friendships with volunteers spending quality time on a regular basis.
As a volunteer you can assist frail, aged people in the community by:
As a volunteer, you need to be 18 or over and you can also assist people to participate in community activities and increase their wellbeing by being able to live at home longer.
Commitment to training:
Training in aspects of volunteering will be offered by professional trainers.
Ongoing training and information sessions will be available for volunteers who wish to participate.
For further information about the program, or to register your interest as a volunteer or client please;
1) Complete the online form, or
2) email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
3) contact ther program cordinator on (03) 6211 8136