Having a lack of social support is related to negative impacts on health and wellness, particularly for older people. Your Side provides a variety of social support events for Australians over the age of 65 (or 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) to prevent social isolation and to contribute to better psychological and physical wellbeing. Your Side coordinate a range of activities and day trips in the community to extend social connections, keep older people healthy and active and to simply enjoy life. Social Support activities may include:

  • movies and lunches
  • sporting events
  • shopping trips
  • picnics, tenpin bowling, and karaoke nights
  • day trips to suburbs beyond Sydney
  • annual events like the Sydney Royal Easter Show or the Vivid Festival
  • theatres, art galleries, and museums
  • historical sites and buildings

Your Side are seeking volunteers to assist as active social companions on trips. Tasks include:

  • Acting as a facilitator during social support trips. Liaise directly with the reception/ customer service at the venue.
  • Collecting cash or fee for the trip if required and enter the receipt of cash into to the receipt form.
  • Supporting or facilitating with purchase of tickets if required.
  • Volunteers and Students do not assist with personal care (which includes helping in the bathroom) or administering medication.

NB Your Side has a NO LIFT policy for all staff and volunteers.

Location

Various – North Shore, Northern Beaches and CBD

Cost

There are no fees for volunteers

Number of people required

1-2 per trip

Time commitment

Varies depending on trip

Requirements

Volunteers will require a national police check.

How to get involved

To register your interest, please email acuengagement@acu.edu.au or contact Miranda Bush, Community Engagement Officer 9701 4285.

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