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.

Various locations – North Shore, Northern Beaches and CBD.

Time commitment varies depending on the trip.

Volunteers will require a national police check.

1-2 people per trip.

If you are participating in this opportunity under community engagement time release, then you are covered by ACU's insurances. If you are accessing this opportunity as a volunteer outside of ACU, then you are NOT covered by ACU's insurance policies. If accessing this opportunity as a volunteer we strongly recommend you confirm with the organisation that they have appropriate insurance for volunteers.

How to get involved

To register your interest in this opportunity, please email ACU Engagement.

acuengagement@acu.edu.au

This opportunity qualifies for community engagement time release (CETR)

As an ACU staff member, you can apply for up to five days each year to participate in approved community engagement activities that contribute to the common good, address social justice issues in the community, and help those experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation.
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