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Programs include: Community lunch, Mothers to Mothers, Walking groups - Monday & Tuesday, MS Social Support group, NILS, Public Internet Access Victoria, Monday Computers, Tuesday Computers, Thursday computers, Buzy kidz palygroup, Yoga, Volunteer training, Social scrabble & games afternoon - Wednesday, Relaxation Meditation & Breath, Creative Arts therapy, Orientation to learning, Creative writing, Career & workshop guidance, Parents support parents, Kniting for a Cause, Games on Saturdays.

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Community Transport & Social Support.

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-Computer classes, Internet access, -Creative classes, -Health & Wellbeing, -Workshops & Certificate courses -Accredited courses, -Special events, bus trip, christmas carnival, -Men's Shed, -Walking groups, -Timeout day, -Games, -Community garden

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***Australian Red Cross - Volunteer Transport*** Volunteer transport service to essential medical appointments, referrred by health professional. Unable to provide wheelchair access. Pick up 50 - 100 km of City of Greater Bendigo and day trips to Melbourne

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Registered volunteer referral service Assists people on income support to participate in Volunteer work initiative.

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Acts as a referral centre for people wishing to be volunteers and organisations seeking volunteers.

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Library trolley, general ward assistance and clerical support. By appointment.

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St John Ambulance

WA, Australia

Covers area from Sandfire Roadbouse in south west to a point 110 km north east and 250 km north the Aboriginal Community of One Arm Point

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This service aims to provide people in the West Tamar community with companionship to prevent or help with feelings of isolation and loneliness.

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Community Transport for the Frail Aged and people with disabilities who are no longer able to drive & who wish to remain living independently in their own residence with some additional support. Service can provide transport for medical appointments, outings and shopping trips.

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Service offers adult community education and offers a range of VETAB accredited and non-accredited courses, including Computers, Art, Language and Literacy, Health & Well being and employment Skills. There is no waiting list for this service.

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Community Transport assist the Frail Aged, younger person with a disability, their carers and Transport Disavantaged persons.

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Community Transport service for Frail-Aged, Younger People with a Disability, their carers, transport disadvantaged /geographically isolated persons. Transport may be provided for shopping, medical, and social needs.

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Palliative Care Service Co-ordinator / Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) provides nursing consultation to community, hospital, nursing home and hostel staff eg: symptom management. Kylie Beehag (full time) Yvonne Shannon (Part Time) Liaison with interdisciplinary team:- nurses, GP, OT, clergy, etc. Including PC trained volunteers for social and emotional support. These members of the team and bereavement program is co-ordinated by Yvonne Shannon. The service helps to facilitate a choice as to site of care by:- assisting families develop the skills needed to care for patient at home. -specialised equipment provided without charges. -education to multi disciplinary team. -majority of care is co-ordinated by community nurses. -after hours service available.

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Electricity Account Payment Assistance Scheme in Vouchers of $30 for those with proof of financial hardship. Accommodation for out-of-towners, needing to go to hospital, & their families. Sleeps 3 $35 per night (Booking required)

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Service assists in undertaking and supporting relationships between dementia sufferers and their unpaid carers by providing planned and emergency substitute carers for respite. A Group activity is organised for every Wednesday morning.

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Wagga Wagga Social Support service utlises volunteers in the community to provide social visits or outings to social isolated people living in the community. Volunteers are carefully selected to match the requirements of the client.

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Lockhart Community Transport provides transport for medical appointments, day care, shopping, social or recreational outings. Public Transport Service - Bus every Wednesday from Lockhart (via The Rock) to Wagga. Links provided for Urana, Rand, Oaklands, Yerong Creek & Pleasant Hills if requested. Others services include located at the centre include respite, meals on wheels, social support, daycare & home modifications service.

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Available to residents in aged care facilities, NOT Independent living units. Funded for 34 volunteers- on needs basis.

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Volunteering Victoria

VIC, Australia

Volunteering Victoria the peak body for voluntary initiatives within Victoria operates a Volunteer Information Service. This referral service assists people who wish to volunteer in the community to find a suitable organisation or volunteer position. Trained volunteer information officers assist potential volunteers to access an extensive database of community based not-for-profit organisations that involve volunteers.

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Services provided include - - Community Information and Referral - for all services in the local community such as health, housing, law, finance, education, employment and recreation. - Emergency Relief - in the form of food vouchers, baby formula, medical prescriptions and Met tickets. - Taxation Advice for low income earners available from July to October. - Volunteer Placement Service.

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The aim of the Program is to enable Australian Red Cross to provide Volunteer Patient Transport Service to people allowing them to attend essential medical appointments for up to a six week period. Volunteers provide a personalised transport service to people who cannot access or use other modes of public or private transport to attend medical appointments 24 hour booking time is preferred and a donation is requested for each trip. Area covered includes Ballarat and surrounds, Pyrenees Shire, parts of Golden Plains, Hepburn and Moorabool Shires.

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Provides fundraising activities for the Cancer Council and can refer people onto the Cancer Council for further information. Fundraising mobile phone number - 0429 825 970. New Volunteers welcome.

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Wimmera Volunteers

VIC, Australia

Auspices Community Visitor Scheme within the Wimmera Region. Social Support Program - HACC program includes Friendly Visiting, Telelink and Transport. Volunteer Management Program - a Federally funded program that assists organisations to effectively manage volunteers. Provides prospective volunteers with information on volunteering. Voluntary Work Initiative - assists unemployed persons who wish to undertake volunteer work with a suitable agency.

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Support of full time carers by relieving in the home up to four hours by two of our members. Transport to local doctor. Assisting SBCITS with their transport needs. Clients referred by doctors, Nanango community nurse, SES, ambulance, local residents.

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Provides transport to social appointments. Client requires a HACC assessment before commence of service. This service is staffed by volunteers under the direction of a co-ordinator.The Co-ordinator will arrange an appointment to visit a potential client before commencing this service.

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Offer 2 types of calls - Security calls to check on clients safety and welfare, Friendly calls to socially isolated clients.

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Mater Volunteers

QLD, Australia

Patient escort, patient trolley, assisting on clinical units including reading to patients, volunteer shop etc. at pimlico. Hyde park volunteers clerical duties only till further notice.

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Recruit, interview and refer volunteers to non-profit and community - based organisations. Ongoing education and training to promote the philosophy of volunteering and issues pertaining to volunteering and volunteer management. Willing to address organisations on issues of volunteering.

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HACC funded project to assist other HACC providers in the Brisbane Metro area with the development of volunteer programs and the utilisation, training and support of volunteers. Transport Cost $10.

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Zoe's Place Limited

QLD, Australia

Zoe's Place offers respite, palliative and end-of-life care as well as bereavement, counselling and sibling support to families who have a child with a life-threatening illness.

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The Friendship Program encourages friendships between people with a disability and other community members. The aim is to match adults with any disability, who are socially isolated, with either a community contact, recreation or social club of their choice. Assistance is provided until both parties feel comfortable; ongoing support is offered. The primary target population is adults with a disability who are not in receipt of a disability support service. There are also offices which cover Logan, Gold Coast, Redlands, Ipswich, Caboolture, Pine Rivers, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Maryborough, Cairns and Townsville.

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Workers are volunteers and services are dependent on availability. "Social support" is directed by the volunteers and is an arrangement between the volunteer and the client. The transport service is to medical appointments only

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Health Care Program

QLD, Australia

Contact St Johns who will direct the client to the appropriate service for their area/hospital. Hospitals are located in Logan and Caboolture. Volunteers go to hospitals and refresh the flowers. Volunteers are also located in the emergency department known as friends of emergency, cosmetic care service.

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FNQ Volunteers Inc

QLD, Australia

FNQ Volunters is the peek body for volunteering in Far North Queensland. It provides the following services: professional development and training, Volunteer referral, Advocacy, Membership services including business support consultancy, advice on all aspects of service delivery within the community sectors. Please see our website www.fnqvolunteers.org for more information.

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Gold Coast Care and Concern Burleigh Heads Social visiting. Transport for elderly or disabled primarily to hospital or doctor's appointments. Suburbs: Miami, Burleigh, Elanora, Palm Beach, Mudgeeraba, Robina, Varsity.

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Volunteering Gold Coast

QLD, Australia

Gold CoastVolunteering Gold CoastProvides volunteer opportunities that enrich the individual and enable them to pursue personal goals, and to support and enrich the community with their voluntary contribution. Art and Craft, Maintenance, Handy Person, Administration, Clerical, Computer Work, Visiting, Environmental, Support worker, Carer, Activity, Shopping, Social etc. Volunteer referral and resource agency.

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The Red Cross offers a wide range of community services such as refugee assistance, community education on humanitarian law, playscheme (play activities for children in hospital), Community Visitor scheme to the socially isolated in commonwealth subsidised aged care facilities (community visitors scheme).

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Welcome to the Kalgoorlie Boulder Volunteer Centre. We are here to help you find a volunteer position(s) that will be interesting to you and will suit your skills and experience. Those who choose to volunteer do so of their own free will, not expecting reward (except out of pocket expenses) and enjoy contributing to their community

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Centre based respite provides bus with hoist, meals, activities and special programs for aged, young people with disabilities and people with dementia. Client and Carer holidays twice a year. Carer support group. $13 per day for centre based respite. In-home social support is also provided for socially isolated people who are unable to come into the centre. Phone Volunteer Coordinator,Lyn on 3341 6955 to become a volunteer.

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Volunteering Queensland

QLD, Australia

Volunteering Queensland is a statewide organisation that is funded by the State and Federal governments. Its role is to facilitate the placement of volunteers in non-profit community organisations around Queensland and to serve the interests of volunteers.

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Provides 4 days of respite service for HACC clients, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays centre based Day Care with the opportunity for outings. Fridays focus on health and well being (transport included). Also activities for all seniors includes line dancing, quilling (cardmaking), tai chi and aqua aerobics (transport from centre to pool and return only)

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Volunteer Connections

NSW, Australia

Volunteer Referral Centre which recruits, orientates, and places volunteers. It supports volunteers involved in community organisations.

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Volunteers provide social support for people living in nursing homes and aged care hostels.

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Trained volunteers visit residents of low and high care facilities to give social support. An Australian Gov. initiative now in it's 15th year, 1993 - 2008.

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Recruitment, interviewing, training and referral of volunteers to not-for-profit Community Organisations in the Clarence Valley.Accredited and non-accredited training of volunteers and Managers/Co-ordinators of volunteers.Assistance in best practice. Unemployed people can be referred to a suitable service to do voluntary work. Valley Volunteer Programme DoCs,dewr, Volunteer management programme (VMP), Dept of family com munity services

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Volunteer Courses

NSW, Australia

Courses are run at an organistation's request. Please contact Lisa for more details.

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To support frail aged and/or people living with a disability in remaining in their own homes as well as enabling them to participate in the wider community. To provide a break for carers through social support. Social support may be provided in a number of ways: companionship at home, letter writing and assisting with correspondence. For enquiries call Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre Mon to Fri 9am-12.30pm ; 1.30pm-5pm. If Coordinator is unavailable please leave message. Please note the Coordinator works part-time (20 hr/w) and is out of the office at times.

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A nursing and support service to improve the quality of life of people with a terminal illness. Refers to and works with other health professionals, community care services, etc. to provide holistic care

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A voluntary service providing companionship, respite care, help with simple tasks at home, letter writing, getting library books, short outings or appointments for people with life limiting illnesses who chose to stay at home. The service recruits, trains and supports volunteers.

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Interviews and refers volunteers to do different jobs in not-for-profit organisations and services. These organisations must be registered with the Volunteer Referral Service to ensure that volunteers are provided with meaningful work within a set job description and have insurance to cover volunteers. The Volunteer Referral Service is able to organise voluntary work that meets the contractual needs of Centrelink clients.

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The Community Visitors Scheme aims to improve the quality of life for nursing home residents by developing friendships with visiting volunteers.

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Assists people with disabilities, their carers and frail aged people by providing social support. Volunteers may provide assistance with letter writing, shopping, friendly home visiting, library books picked up and returned. Volunteers are paid out of pocket expenses and attend free training programs and seminars.

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Hawkesbury Neighbour Aid

NSW, Australia

Volunteers provide 2 hours per week of one on one social support to clients. Volunteers may provide transport, assistance with shopping, reading mail or social home visit.

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Anglicare Op Shops supply top quality secondhand clothing in a fresh modern environment.

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Anglicare Op Shops supply top quality secondhand clothing in a fresh modern environment.

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Anglicare Op Shops supply top quality secondhand clothing in a fresh modern environment.

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Volunteers are matched with a particular nursing home resident. They are expected to visit at least once per fortnight. Support and training are provided.

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Yarran Early Intervention runs five educational programs for young children with disabilities. The Five programs are as follows: A Centre Based Program, Home Based Program and Family Playgroup and a Toy Library and The Early Start Program (all listed separately).

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The Commonwealth Carer Respite and Carelink Centre provides information support and advice to carers. Carers are unpaid people who care for family members or friends who are frail aged, have a disability, chronic condition or mental illness. The CCRC assists Carers with organising emergency, or short term planned respite in a variety of settings that suit the Carer and the care recipient. The Carer Respite Centre explores options with Carers to assist them to take a break from the caring role by providing information regarding respite options and assistance with the cost of respite, providing Carers with networks of support and after hours service in times of crisis or emergency via freecall number. The CCRC also has specific projects focusing on Young Carers/ Mental Health including: Intellectual, Asperges, Autism and Carers of Children with Severe and Profound disabilities.

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Community Care Services provides Community Visitors to the following Aged Care facilities: Adelene Nursing Home and Hostel, Berkeley Vale Nursing Home, Glenmere Nursing Home, Peninsula Village (Hostel),Tarragal House, Veronica Nursing Home and Woy Woy Nursing Home and Hostel. The Community Visitors Scheme aims to provide support to residents of Commonwealth subsidised aged care home who are socially isolated, and whose quality of life would be improved by friendship and companionship. This friendship helps to connect the resident to the community and reduces their risk of isolation. The CVS is managed by Community Care Services Central Coast Inc which recruit, train and support volunteer visitors.

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Volunteering Central Coast Inc promotes best practice in volunteer management and is a resource and information centre on volunteering and for people seeking volunteer work. The service also runs the following programs: Volunteer Recruitment, Volunteer Management Program, CC Affordable Training Project and the Community Visitors Scheme - Recruitment of volunteers is the core service and interviews of prospective volunteers occur at different locations across the Central Coast

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The Toy Library is a centre and mobile outreach service; its specific focus is to provide educational toys to families who have a child with a disability. The library is staffed by a part time library assistant who will assist with in the selection of appropriate toys and learning equipment, using information provided by parents and professionals. The aim is to foster an understanding of the benefits of play and recreation through access to a variety of toys and equipment. The collection contains over 5000 items. Up to five toys can be borrowed at one time, for a period of one month unless otherwise negotiated. They also have resources for parenting. Siblings can also access toys and home deliveries can be organised for isolated families. Unpaid regular carers of the children can also borrow toys & resources.

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Camp Breakaway Inc

NSW, Australia

Camp Breakaway organises Holiday Camps for people with disabilities, giving the client an opportunity to meet new people, encourage self reliance & independence, plus helps them become less conscious of their disability as well as allowing better understanding of their situation. Camps are staffed by volunteers, camps run for 7 day/three times a year - there is a current waiting list of 18 months - 2 years. Family respite camps are also held for families of children with high medical needs run over a long weekend twice a year. There is no barrier to the level of clients' disability providing their primary diagnosis is physical. Application forms are available through Camp Breakaway. The Breakaway Lodge caters for 20 people. Meals & entertainment are included in cost. Organisations can also arrange camps for either a catered camp where Camp Breakaway provides the facility and meals only, or arrange to have a self-catered camp where Camp Breakaway provides the facility only.

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Volunteers visit elderly people in residential care who are at risk of social isolation because of limited contact from family and friends, disability or linguistic or cultural reasons. Currently Centacare are involved in providing a visiting service to the following facilities: St Lukes Dapto, Woonona Nursing Home, Villa Maria, Unanderra, Towradgi Park Village, Shoalhaven Nursing Home Bomaderry, Osborne Nursing Home Nowra, Multicultural Village Port Kembla, Mayflower gerringong, Daintree Albion Park. Volunteers share conversations, hobbies, interests and social activities. Volunteers are always welcome, especially those with a second language. Induction and one-one training given. Travel expenses reimbursed. Volunteers do not assist with any medication.

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Anglicare Community Visitors Scheme trains and provides volunteers who visit lonely or socially isolated aged people in residential facilities. Community visitors are matched with residents and visits them approximately every 2 weeks. Volunteers are able to take the residents to activities in the community if the resident consents.

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Dapto In Home Support

NSW, Australia

Volunteers offer companionship and support to people in their own homes, and respite for full time carers. The amount of time is determined upon assessment, which is required to determine eligibility for service. This will be conducted in the person's home. Self referral accepted.

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Gerringong Lions Club

NSW, Australia

Fund raising for groups in need. Promotes environmental issues, Social activities and comaraderie. Meetings rotate between Gerringong Bowling Club, Cronin's Hotel, Gerroa Fisherman's Club, Gerringong Rugby League Club. Dinner is availlable at a cost. All members are volunteers.

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Visiting scheme aimed at establishing links between people living in aged care homes and their local community. Aims at reducing loneliness and social isolation. Red Cross Shoalhaven currently provides visitors to: Berry and Bay and Basin Masonic Village, Clelland Lodge and Rose Mumbler (North Nowra), Chesalon Nursing Home (Nowra), St Georges Basin Retirement Village, Culburra Retirement Village, Blue Haven Kiama and Jervis Bay Aged Care Facility. Volunteers welcome but must be committed - willing to establish ongoing friendship. If office is unattended, leave a message.

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This organisation co-ordinates a volunteer home visiting service. Develops and maintains support systems for those who feel isolated and are having difficulty remaining independent due to illness, age or disability. Provide services such as: visiting, companionship, letter writing, reading and information, watering plants, washing up, hanging washing out, or just listening and having a chat while enjoying a cup of tea.

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Home based palliative care is a free, confidential service that provides emotional and spiritual support, as well as physical care of the client and their family. Use of skilled nurses and volunteer support to assist independent living. Focus is on dignity and quality of life. Clients are encouraged to share in decisions regarding their care. Trained volunteers provide support for families and companionship for the client. They provide practical assistance and help with transport when required. After hours assistance available. Specialist Palliative care doctor is able to consult with patient's GP. Counselling is available.

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Provision of custom and modified equipment for people with disabilities. Assessments are done by an Occupational Therapist. The service relies heavily on volunteers and donations of equipment and materials. Welcome retired tradesmen, craftsmen, and hardware and software computer buffs. Computer loan service to clients for a minimal fee.

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Telecross - Illawarra

NSW, Australia

Telecross is a service which aims to relieve social isolation and provide a security check on the physical wellbeing of people who live alone and may be at risk of sudden illness. Telecross is a free service offered by Australian Red Cross and is provided to people who have no other regular services checking on their wellbeing. Volunteers make a short friendly phone call each morning between 8 am - 9 am. If there is no response a second call is made 10 minutes later. If still no response a pre-arranged contact is alerted. Service is not available over the Christmas/New Year period. Contact service for exact dates.

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Telecross - Nowra

NSW, Australia

Telecross is a service which aims to relieve social isolation and provide a security check on the physical wellbeing of people who live alone and may be at risk of sudden illness. Telecross is a free service offered by Australian Red Cross and is provided 365 days of the year to people who have no other regular services checking on their wellbeing. Volunteers make a short friendly phone call each morning between 8 am - 9 am. If there is no response a second call is made 10 minutes later. If still no response a pre arranged contact is alerted.

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Telecross - Ulladulla

NSW, Australia

Telecross is a service which aims to relieve social isolation and provide a security check on the physical wellbeing of people who live alone and may be at risk of sudden illness. Telecross is a free service offered by Australian Red Cross and is provided 365 days of the year to people who have no other regular services checking on their wellbeing. Volunteers make a short friendly phone call each morning between 8 am - 9 am. If there is no response a second call is made 10 minutes later. If still no response a pre arranged contact is alerted.

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Service for people diagnosed with early stage dementia and their carers. Service provides respite for a few hours per week to enable the carer to have a break. Respite can be in the home so that the carer can go out, or it can be an outing for the care recipient so that the carer can spend some time at home. Eligibility is assessed by the respite co-ordinator in the person's home. Respite is provided by trained volunteers.

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The service coordinates visits by volunteers who share an interest with the person being visited.

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Promotes volunteering and recruits and refers volunteers to work in HACC agencies. NB: The volunteer service does not have a pool of volunteers and clients cannot request a volunteer through this agency - clients must go to the service provider.

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The service provides volunteers to make visits to Commonwealth subsidised nursing homes and hostels. This time is flexible according to the needs of the visitor and the resident. The service aims to match people with common interests to provide social contacts and minimise isolation for residents.

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The Armenian Social Support and Care Program provides visitors to housebound and isolated Armenian clients in their homes for social support. The program offers monthly bus outings and weekly social group activities. The program also covers information and referral options about a wide range of support services and advocacy which enable Armenian clients to live independently in their homes.

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A volunteer visiting program which establishes relationships between community volunteers and isolated frail aged people or younger people with disabilities and includes monthly outings.

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This is a HACC funded service which refers potential volunteers to agencies registered with the service in the Manly Warringah Pittwater area. This service also offers information on training, to both coordinators of services and volunteers. Volunteer interviews are conducted weekly at Dee Why, Manly and Mona Vale.

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Neighbour Aid at Pennant Hills has a range of social support services such as shopping, individual transport, home visiting, bill paying etc provided by volunteers.

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Volunteer visiting program for aged Armenian community members who are disabled, in hospital, nursing homes, hostels or living in their own home to provide one-off and short-term companionship within a culturally and linguistically appropriate framework.

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The service provides volunteers from the community who are trained and supported to visit a specific resident of an aged care facility who has been identified as being isolated. Volunteers also phone isolated older people who live alone and the service also links volunteers to a range of other services and programs.

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