Be a volunteer friend and visitor

Effort: Medium | Time: 1-3 hours per week


Having friendships is important for physical and mental health, especially as we get older. Red Cross supports people to feel better and less lonely by matching volunteers with them for the purpose of conversation and activities. Your visits can have a large impact on the lives of the elderly: making them feel happier, healthier and more connected to their local community. It’s great for your own wellbeing too!

Check to see if any volunteer roles are available in the Community Visitors or Social Circles programs.

Or give the Volunteer Hub a call if you are interested 1800 833 489.

Volunteer role opportunities

These roles are suitable for persons over the age of 18 who are passionate about working with elderly people. Volunteers need to have good conversation and listening skills and empathy for all participants.

Volunteers need to be available for 1-2 hours a week for a social visit to an elderly person. This role requires a 12 month commitment and the program allows for time off due to holidays and study requirements.

These volunteer roles are part of a formally funded program and applicants will need to complete an online application, complete any necessary compliance checks and training before commencing in the role.

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