ID: 161220

Befriender for Older Adults

Seniors & Aged Care Regular - more than 6 months St Helena VIC

About this opportunity

Are you interested in helping reduce depression, anxiety and loneliness in older people living in residential aged care? The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) is a national leader in research that focuses on improving the quality of life and health of older people. We are looking for volunteers to help deliver a befriending service to older people living in residential aged care. Befriending involves having a conversation with a person about everyday topics and events in a friendly way without discussing health problems or emotions. We want to know whether undertaking befriending with older people living in residential aged care helps reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and decreases their loneliness. Volunteers will be asked to visit or contact a resident once a week for a period of four months. They will undergo a training session prior to beginning the befriending visits and will be provided with support throughout the program. After the befriending program they will be asked some questions about their experience. All volunteers are required to have a valid police check and influenza immunization prior to participating in the program, including the training. This can be organised for you by NARI. This study has been funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council and beyondblue and has been approved by the Austin Health Human Research Committee (reference number HREC/45941/Austin-2018).

Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *.

Any visitors to aged care facilities in Victoria are currently required to have an up to date influenza vaccination. Volunteers may need to provide proof of vaccination upon entering the facility.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

Usually Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, but this is flexible as some facilities allow it to be after hours or weekends.

Suitable for
  • Online & Remote Volunteers
  • People with disability
  • Skilled Volunteers
Type of work
  • Companionship & Social Support
  • Disability Support
  • Seniors & Aged Care

Volunteers undertake an online training program and a video call with Volunteer Coordinator