Buddy / Friend
A buddy/friend is requested to support and make a lasting friendship with one of our residents. This lady is enjoys outings to the library or park, doing puzzles, getting her nails painted, having her hair done, music, singing and a little TLC.
She loves connecting with others, but has no immediate family and so would benefit from having someone in her life to make her feel loved and special.
She has the intellectual and physical ability of a 3 or 4 year old, and so this role requires someone who is willing to put in the effort to communicate with her, and help her experience her surroundings and enjoy more independence. She takes a while to warm up to people, so the right person for this role will be patient, kind and compassionate. Once she warms up to you, she has a good heart and a cheeky sense of humor. She is also strong willed! And so the right person for this role will be able to be firm whilst caring.
Being a buddy/friend offers the people we support the opportunity to enjoy everyday things, form relationships, and feel more connected to their community.
Volunteers with empathy towards people with disabilities are best suited to being a buddy. The volunteer needs to be reliable and needs to have a desire to form a meaningful friendship with the person they are matched with.
Visits to the person are flexible, dependent on availability of the volunteer. At least 2 visits per month would be ideal. Each visit can be up to a couple of hours. For continuity, it is hoped that the buddy/friend will commit to at least twelve months in order for the person to form a meaningful relationship.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.