St Bart’s have a dedicated team of volunteers that give their time to help. The aim is to provide our clients with positive social support and encourage their participation in a range of recreational, living skills and/or community based activities.
- Befriender Volunteering
- Group Volunteering
- Non-Client Contact Volunteering
The Befriender Program is available to our Homeless & Transitional, Housing, Mental Health and Aged Care residents. The majority of our volunteers fall into this category. Befriender volunteers are trained and inducted to work with St Bart’s clients to provide extra social support and share their knowledge and skills.
Volunteers can assist and work with clients in 3 ways:
- Staff Facilitated Group Activities - Volunteers interact with and support clients in group activities that are facilitated by a staff member. Example would include: The HTSS darts night, Reclink AFL, Gym visits and the JWH bingo.
- Volunteer Facilitated group activities – Volunteers facilitate these because they have the confidence, ability and required knowledge to do so. Examples include: Cooking Classes, Lime Street Independent Resident meetings, Pool nights.
- One-on-one Volunteering: Volunteers are matched to clients based upon common interests and offer one-on-one interaction. This interaction takes place on a regular basis. Examples include: Coffee and chat, shopping, walking or living skills assistance with cooking, computers, résumé writing or literacy issues. These interactions are intended to be fun and enjoyable and at the request of the resident.
St Bart’s are fortunate to be supported by many different types of volunteering groups such as corporate groups, educational institutions, religious establishments and external volunteering organisations. Here are some examples of the projects that Volunteering Groups undertake:
- Resident BBQ
- Property Maintenance
Non-Client Contact Volunteering
ST Bart’s also has non-client contact volunteering roles such as:
- Christmas Hampering – Volunteers work to produce over 500 hampers for our clients across all of our services. It involves sorting, categorizing, and counting all the donations that come in at this time, to ensure all of our residents get some Christmas cheer.
- Administrative Support – Volunteers can provide administrative support to staff if requested.