Kingborough Council proudly supports International Volunteer Day, which was held on 5 December, to raise awareness on the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world and their contribution to our communities.
This year, volunteers from the Kingborough Volunteer Program were treated to a guided tour of the Botanical Gardens, followed by a delicious lunch to thank them for their service.
There are currently 54 volunteers on the program, who look after over 150 clients around Kingborough, including Bruny Island. The volunteers offer transport, gardening and pet support, although the real benefit is the social support for the clients, which cannot be underestimated. The socialising time spent by the volunteers with their clients provides valuable connections to help older people who are living on their own avoid social isolation.
Requesting transport is the most popular service offered, and volunteers assist their clients in getting to and from medical appointments, general shopping and grocery shopping, and attending social engagements.
Gardening is a very popular request, although there is currently a waiting list for this service.
Pet support is providing many people with walking support or help with grooming their beloved furry friends.
Asking for support
The Kingborough Volunteer Program assists people aged 65 and over, who need basic support services to continue to live in the community with dignity.
The program promotes healthy ageing in Kingborough by providing a coordinated volunteer program to assist frail and aged residents of the community who need basic support services.
- Support services are provided for clients from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 4 pm.
- There is a $7 service fee, except for the social support activities.
- Contact us on (03) 6211 8200 to ask for support.
If you would like a volunteer to come and help you with a variety of activities, please contact the program coordinator on (03) 6211 8200.