Aurous Limited - Community Visiting Service
The Aurous Plus Chat service is a digital initiative of Aurous, where isolated elderly people are given call-ready computer tablets and participate in a weekly video call with a volunteer “video visitor”. That visitor could be you.
Isolation and loneliness are two of the biggest problems facing individuals and communities, especially in our ageing population. Research shows that people who maintain social relationships live longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives. We need you to share your interests, your enthusiasm and your life with someone who may just need a friendly face and ear. As little as half an hour a week can make a significant difference to someone’s life. We need volunteers all around Australia, from all different cultural backgrounds, age groups and genders!
Very little training is needed, but we will provide full training in how to make video calls from your home device, what to talk about and how to be an effective part of the Aurous team.
Aurous aims to enrich the quality of life of seniors, who may be socially isolated or lonely, whether it be for social or cultural reasons, to disability, or simply an effect of aging. The program is federally funded and works to connect socially isolated seniors with volunteers for regular social interaction. The only cost to you will be a little time.
The Aurous Plus Chat program is proudly offering services to a diverse range of clientele and have recently included multicultural, LGBTI and ATSI coordinators and volunteers.
We are looking for volunteer visitors who have the following qualities:
a. Well presented
b. Reliable- able to commit for at least 12 months
c. Good communication and listening skills
d. Able to engage in small talk and conversation starters
e. Empathy and consideration for seniors
f. Over 18 years of age
g. An Australian Citizen or Permanent resident
h. Able to commit half an hour a week or one hour a fortnight
i. Able to supply two personal references (non-relatives)
Can you help us in the fight against loneliness and social isolation?
* May be arranged by the organisation. Details will be provided after you express your interest.
Half hour per week or one hour per fortnight. Days, times and locations will be agreed upon by volunteer and senior participant according to availability.
Online Training and Induction