We know the importance of ‘connection’ but that feelings of connection with community can be reduced through the impacts of MND. That’s where our Social Visiting and Social Chats Volunteers come in!
Currently, MND Victoria needs to grow our team of Social Visiting and Social Chat Volunteers. We service all of Melbourne and some parts of regional Victoria.
Social Visiting Volunteers visit clients in their home or residential care facility bringing companionship and social interaction. Regular visits might be for a couple of hours a week and are agreed upon by our volunteer and their client. Clients and their volunteers also determine how they will spend their time together – maybe chatting and sharing interests, playing cards, crosswords or crocheting. Maybe a walk to the local park or coffee shop or sitting quietly together and making a space for a carer to relax or to pop out and complete some errands.
Our Social Visiting Volunteers do not provide personal care activities for clients. They do not manage medication or do shopping or housework.
Social Chat Volunteers also help to keep people living with MND connected. The power of a regular call from one of our Social Chat Volunteers cannot be underestimated. Friendships are formed and common interests explored as clients and our volunteers make weekly or fortnightly calls up to an hour in length (but frequently far less). Our clients report having someone listen and offer support but without giving advice can be a welcome gift.
If you are interested in sharing time with others, are a good listener and would like to help people living with MND stay connected either of these roles may be a role for you.
MND Victoria provides training to prepare volunteers for these roles and also provides ongoing support for our volunteers along with opportunities to meet and share learnings with other volunteers.
If you would like more information on this role or are interested in applying to become a Social Visiting or Social Chats Volunteer, please email email@example.com or phone (03) 9832 2122.