You need to consider, would your first preference be to work in a team or on a one to one relationship?  Consideration of this might help you decide which of the following volunteer tasks most appeals to you:

  • Individual Transport, accompanying our clients to their local medical appointments
  • Minor Home Maintenance ... handyman jobs, such as changing light bulbs or tap washers, tweaking sticking doors or hanging a new blind or picture
  • Light Gardening ... trimming a bush or a fence hedge, re-potting or planting a small bed of perennials, re-mulching a veggie patch
  • Volunteer Visiting ... get to know an isolated resident and visit them in their home each fortnight or once a month, to chat over a cuppa, play a game of cards or encourage them to go for a stroll
  • Newsletters delivery to mail boxes of homes in our North Ryde area
  • General office work
  • Assisting local residents with local shopping
  • Providing a fortnightly linen – bed making service
  • Visiting local residents to alleviate isolation
  • Assist with centre based meals
  • Accompanying a group on our monthly bus outings

A link to the Key publications for volunteers (The rights of the volunteer from the volunteering Australia website)

Please help...

Here is just a quick overview of the type of Volunteers duties NRCA require...

Drivers

Using your own car, could you help with transporting clients to medical, dental or legal appointments.  All you need is patience and care.  And a safe driving record!  Journeys are classified as local ... within the Ryde LGA ... or out of area, region 1 or 2 or 3.  Region 1 is Concord Hospital or similar; and Region 2 is The San at Wahroonga, RNS at St Leonards or similar.  Region 3 is occasionally required, being the City, Darlinghurst, Randwick or Camperdown.  You can specify preferred areas, days of the week

No special licence is required to drive our commercial minibus.  We need drivers to provide the client transfers to and from our Centre, from their individual homes around North Ryde, so our clients can take part in our Social Group events.

Volunteer Visiting

North Ryde Community Aid is looking for volunteers to visit isolated or housebound elderly clients in their own homes to provide friendly companionship. If you enjoy a chat and love to bring a smile to an elderly person’s face this would be a rewarding volunteer opportunity.  As a volunteer visitor you will be asked to visit your client once a fortnight and where possible give a 12-month commitment to the program. If you work during the week we may be able to arrange your visits on a Saturday or Sunday although mid week visits are preffered.

If you would like to build a friendship with an older person and you possess good listening and communication skills please phone and speak to our social support coordinator.  Our coordinator will discuss your interests and pastimes and arrange for you to visit a person with similar interests.  Applicants will undergo a police check and need to supply two referees.

Volunteer Gardener

Do you have a green thumb or enjoy pottering around in your garden?  We offer a light gardening service to support frail elderly people who can no longer dig or weed but who would love to be able to still enjoy their gardens. Assisting our clients maintain their gardens helps them to stay in their homes for as long as possible.  We need volunteers who can devote a couple of hours per month to doing basic light gardening tasks such as weeding, pruning, planting or raking.  We do not ask volunteers to do any major tasks and we refer clients to another service for lawn mowing.

If you are physically fit and can transport yourself to client's homes in the North Ryde Area we would love to hear from you.  Our volunteer gardeners receive requests for gardening jobs from our office staff so you would be able to decide if a particular gardening request is suitable for you.

Home Maintenance

Many of our clients have been living in their homes for many decades and as you can imagine from time to time they need help with basic jobs such as replacing tap washers, changing light globes or small hammer and nail repairs.  For clients who do not have any family living in Sydney using a tradesperson to carry out quick and simple repairs is an extra cost that they must avoid.  Can you spare an hour per month to carry out much appreciated repairs?  All requests for home maintenance jobs are co-ordinated by our office staff so you can choose how often and when you help as well as the type of repair job.  Any materials needed for repairs are paid for by the client. If you are handy around your own home and can lend a hand with minor home repairs once or twice a month, even once a quarter,  you will find our clients are very appreciative of your help.

Social Group Assistants

Donating time to socialise with isolated local residences could be the best move you could make this year.  Not only does it enrich you ... it helps our clients in numerous ways. We are seeking volunteers willing and able to converse with our remarkable elderly clients, help with the set up of the event room, the serving of the meal and refreshments, and (of course!) thereafter clear and clean up after waving 'adieu' to our clients.

Our social group activities are described in earlier in "Our Services" section, and held on Mondays through Thursdays at various times. We look forward to matching you with a group that would best suit your needs. Just a few of our Social Group volunteers

Linen Service Volunteers

Our "Linen Lovelies" work in teams of two or three and visit no more than 6 private homes, to strip and remake the bed or beds of independent (continent) clients who are physically challenged when it comes to making their beds or perhaps the washing and hanging to dry and folding of their linen. Our clients really appreciate this simple but necessary service which will make you feel that what you do for 2-3 hours each week or fortnight really does make a difference to their being able to stay in their own home.

If you are fit enough to be able to make a bed, have an interest in socialising with older people and like-minded men and women who spare a maximum of 3 hours a week or fortnightly, we would love to have you as part of our linen team. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our linen days, we start around 8.30am and finish by 10.30am – 11am. Then adjourn for morning tea if you've got time!

Shopping Anyone?

If you like shopping and having a chat with a cuppa, then this is for you.   Your warm and caring personality will be much appreciated as the help you provide by taking out an eldery resident to do their fortnightly shop at a local shopping centre.   A regular day and time each week, fortnight or month is agreed upon between you and our client with whom we match to you.

Perhaps you can not be available on a regular basis?  Then our 'Emergency' (one-off) or 'Short-Term' Shop by List service might interest you.  For various reasons our clients sometimes need temporary shopping assistance, or perhaps you'd be willing to be a back-up to our core of regulars ... we often need extra help, to step in from time to time.

All our clients really appreciate this help with such a vital commodity as provisions, but really enjoy company while doing their 'messages' and love to stop for a coffee and a chat. Two to three hours fortnightly is all it takes!   And no one expects you to be lifting heavy bags!   Home delivery is used so only two light bags are ever carried home per policy!

Computer Tutors

The computer workshops we hold are open to any and everyone in our area... but we required IT savy, tolerant, patient and understanding computer users with great communication skills to teach a group of 1 through 5 people basic computer skills.  Course notes are written yet developed further by our tutors for each workshop, so you may conduct the 90 minute sessions for 6 or 8 weeks with your own flair.  Help retirees or others that have completely missed the techno revolution but are keen to know the very basics, todocument preparation, and perhaps progress to be able to email or search the web.  Be a regular or just 1 or 2 workshops each year.   Please think about helping us help others.

Administration Assistants

There is always a myriad of office tasks to be accomplished!  If you are able to give some hours each week, or each month, or would consider being available on call to cover staff leave absences, please know you would be welcomed with open arms.  Maybe you are a retired or a part-time administrator with passable or excellent computer skills.  Maybe you are an expert organiser.  If you think of all the tasks involved in running a safe, tidy, organised, professional office and Community Centre that welcomes visitors constantly, we are sure you could help us help the community.

Marketing Assistants

Do you think you could help us present our organisation to the business community?  The residents?  Our governments?   Writing articles for our newsletters, creating promotional pieces and media releases, monitoring our website for improvements and enhancements?  Please contact us!  We need you ...  You could work at home at times to suit you, your office or from our Centre according to the project being undertaken.  It could be a one-off, a regular or semi-regular volunteer duty.  We  would welcome the assistance!

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