What we do
St John Community Care aims to improve the quality of life by providing social support services to eligible older people and people with a disability to help them to remain independent, improve their wellbeing and social connections and support them to continue to be active contributors to their community.
How we do it
St John Community Care adopts a person centered, strengths based approach to the delivery of social opportunities. This means that we consider many areas of an older person’s life before identifying goals and engagements. By taking into consideration factors that do not change such as personality, experiences, abilities, passion and interests, we are able to create social opportunities that are personally fulfilling.
Who provides the help?
The St John Community Care Program enlists the help of caring volunteers who give freely of their time, skills and experience to create opportunities that enable older members of the community to continue to experience a sense of meaning, purpose and enjoyment of life.
Volunteers are matched one to one with a client based on personality and shared skills and interests. This personalised approach helps to establish and build enriching and reciprocal community relationships enabling regular contact with the
Making a difference
Aileen is one of St John's Community Care program volunteers, and feels the program fills a great need for help and support within the community. Aileen visits 94 year old Queenie on a weekly basis, a relationship which has been developing for five years. Queenie lives independently, however is socially isolated. She looks forward to the one day a week when Aileen visits her and they talk about anything and everything. ‘We’re the best of friends’ says Aileen.
The unique friendships that are formed and the sense of giving back to the community are just two of the personal benefits of volunteering with the Community Care program.
It could be you
Someone in your community needs a friend.
Volunteering with St John Community Care program is flexible and can fit in with your lifestyle and available time. We provide you with training, support and assistance with costs. A recruitment process applies including an induction into St John Community Care and orientation into programs. Volunteer now or contact a Program Coordinator to find out more.
An hour or two a week or fortnight can make such a difference to someone's life.
Potential clients should contact a Program Coordinator. An assessment process applies including information about needs and circumstances.
Community Care brochure (pdf)
Care Information Guide (pdf) | Italian version (pdf) | Vietnamese version (pdf)