Volunteer Community Supports
Our Volunteer Community Supports rock! Some of the people we mentor welcome additional support from people in the community who assist them in achieving their goals. These people are known as our Volunteer Community Supports. They give freely of their time and their skills, and most believe they get back as much as they give.
A key part of our mentoring philosophy is to develop natural supports for people by using a combination of existing relationships and building new ones around them. This supports our lightest touch principle, which means that we look first to what supports the person has in their life already, then look for ways we can strengthen their circle of support. To do this we seek out honest and reliable community members who are willing to contribute freely of their time to support a person to achieve their goals and aspirations.
Volunteer Community Supports are matched carefully to a specific person or project, usually based on a particular skill or shared interest. The time involved varies from person to person – some contribute just a few hours a month while others have more regular contact, it’s entirely up to you. Similarly, some people are involved for a one-off project while others enjoy ongoing relationships.
To ensure the well-being of the people we mentor and our team all of our volunteers are screened. They are given training suitable for the role that they are to be undertaking and receive ongoing support and guidance from the Interactionz team.
How can I become a volunteer Community Support?
The first step is simply to give us a call and have a chat. Once we know more about your interests and how you’d like to be involved we’ll see if we can match you with someone we mentor.
- Tel 07 859-0249
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The gift of giving – what our volunteers say
La Mer – Volunteering changed my life
La Mer started volunteering for Interactionz when her son started school in mid-2013. A keen swimmer, she saw an ad in the paper for someone who needed a volunteer swimming partner. It didn’t take long, for La Mer to realise she found something she enjoyed, and was good at. On average, La Mer volunteers for about 5-8 hours a week.
“La Mer is our ideal volunteer” explains one of the Interactionz mentors. “She is really good at communication, and she is punctual and reliable. She is also very open to learning, which is what Interactionz is all about.” Read the rest of La Mer’s story…