Volunteering across Manly Warringah
Give the gift of language
Literacy Network Manly-Warringah
Not-for-profit Literacy Network is looking for volunteer tutors to work with adults looking to improve their English skills for up to two hours a week on a one-to-one basis. Network coordinators will manage the program, matching you to the learner you will best be able to support. No prior experience is required, with training sessions running for eight weeks from 10am – 12.30pm on Tuesday mornings. The next course will begin in March. For more information on this rewarding opportunity, visit literacynetwork.org.au or contact the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org and 0421 339 187.
Support the elderly and disabled
MWP Care (previously known as MWP Community Aid) is a local not-for-profit that assists people aged 65 years and older, as well as younger people with disabilities and their carers. Volunteers are needed to help with such things as transport; home visits and maintenance; social outings; and individual activities. To find out more, phone 9913 3244, or visit communityaid.com.au.
Lend a helping hand
Your Side Australia
For more than 30 years, Your Side Australia, also known as Northside, has provided support services for older people, carers and people living with a disability or mental illness in our community. More than 500,000 people have received assistance from the not-for-profit over the years, and volunteers are needed to ensure its services continue. Volunteers may support clients on a one-to-one basis during events and activities; assist with shopping; support office staff with administration tasks; and/or be a companion to fun and interesting people. For more information, visit yourside.org.au/get-involved/ or call 1300 134 332.
Help the elderly get connected
Join Vision Australia in supporting Australians who are blind or have low vision to achieve the possibilities they choose in life. As a digital mentor in the Be Connected program, you’ll support older clients to build their confidence using the internet and develop essential digital skills using computers and mobile devices. As well as having the relevant tech skills, you will need to be an enthusiastic, adaptable, and patient person with good listening and communication skills. All training will be provided, with volunteers required to spend two hours per week for five weeks with the clients. For more information and to apply, head to the SEEK website.
Therapy pets needed
Velmas Pets as Therapy
Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, parrots and other healthy, well-mannered, controllable and confident pets are wanted to visit health care facilities in Manly Warringah. Velma’s Pets as Therapy train local owners and their pets to provide safe and enjoyable visits for an hour or more each fortnight. After being assessed by program coordinators, you and your pet will undergo 20 hours of training to ensure adherence to safe handling protocols. Both you and your pet will be friendly, cheerful, comfortable with strangers and appreciative of attention. You will also need to be compassionate and thoughtful, as visits are to fail, aged and vulnerable members of our community. A valid driver’s licence is also required. For more information and to apply, visit the SEEK website.