WHO ARE THE SOCIAL SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS?
Social Support volunteers are women and men of all ages and backgrounds who wish to volunteer their time with Castlemaine Health.
Our volunteers are positive, reliable people who have an interest in meeting and spending time with clients of our program.
All volunteers have criminal and reference checks.
Volunteers receive training and support and give freely of their time.
REFERRAL TO THE SERVICE
- Referrals to the service come from all sources including self, family members and service providers.
- Assessment for eligibility is required.
Individuals are expected to meet their own expenses when out; such as meals, drinks and entry costs
WHAT IS THE SOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICE?
The Social Support Service assists individuals to maintain their community connections through volunteer visits and support.
The program aims to increase social opportunities for older people and adults with a disability living in the community.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE SOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICE?
Frail older people and adults with disabilities who are living in their own homes or the homes of family members within the Mount Alexander Shire and who meet the program criteria are eligible.
Service is dependent on available, appropriate volunteers able to meet the assessed need.
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE SOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICE?
People living in hostels or nursing home accommodation are not eligible.
SOCIAL SUPPORT VISITING PROGRAM
- Clients are matched on a one-to-one basis with a volunteer for companionship, conversation, sharing of interests and possibly local outings.
- Most visits are weekly for one to two hours.
COMPANION WALKING GROUP
- A volunteer accompanies each walker on a weekly walk at the client’s pace around the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens or other local park. This is followed by coffee or tea at a local café.
- Suitable for individuals with mobility limitations who want to join with others for some exercise in a friendly and supportive small group.
- Physiotherapy assessment may be required prior to acceptance.
- Transport assistance may be available.
VOLUNTEER TRANSPORT ASSISTANCE
- Limited transport and escorting available to assessed clients who require occasional assistance with accessing social group activities or getting to a local health related appointment.
- All individuals must be able to enter and exit a standard vehicle with minimal assistance.
- Fees apply. Parking costs are the client’s responsibility.
Castlemaine Health Social Support Program is funded through the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program.
Agency referrals are received on SCTT forms in line with HACC funding requirements and are to be sent via Connecting Care.
Self and family referrals can be made by contacting the Volunteer Office on
(03) 5471 1566 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome new volunteers, contact the Volunteer Office on (03)5471 1566.