The Community Visitors Scheme is for older people who could benefit from having a volunteer visit them to provide friendship and company. Caring and dedicated Community Visitors Scheme volunteers visit for one a per week. The visits are relaxed and social in nature, where you might chat together, reminisce, listen to music, read the newspaper or play card games
Attached is a brochure about volunteering with Red Cross in this lovely program
With so many elderly who live at home and can become socially isolated, this is a wonderful program where Red Cross matches volunteers with people on the basis of shared interests, personality, similar backgrounds and preferences.
Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and families affected by TC Marcia, and the drawn out power outages that followed.
It’s been a really hard time for people, and Red Cross is trying to continue what it usually does in its different programs as well as offer some additional personal and practical support to people and families through its Recovery team. Many of our workers and volunteers are from outside of our region, but they want to do the best job they can to help us in our work supporting and caring for people.
We have an Outreach team that has continued to get busier and busier, and they are going on home visits (via referrals) as well as out-posting to places that we know many people are affected (like St Lawrence, Mount Morgan, Byfield).
This team can provide people with good information, support and referrals as needed to disaster recovery assistance across different groups (government, Salvos, Vinnies, Lifeline etc), as well as trying to make good referrals to existing (non-disaster related) groups and services. One of the supports offered at this point in time through Red Cross is food vouchers for eligible people – the power has to have been lost for 7 days as a result of the cyclone, and people need to be able to provide evidence of the number of family members (shown on Medicare card) as well as dates of disconnection for the Ergon service (via their power bill). There is no end date for voucher distribution currently, but we will keep you advised of this. The Salvation Army and Vinnies are also providing food, food vouchers and Emergency Relief. For people who have lost accommodation or housing due to the cyclone, your workers can directly contact the Department of Housing on 1800 474 753.
We really want to provide good services to all community members, and we want to do this in line with our principles and mission to help vulnerable people at vulnerable times. We know that this can happen if we work alongside of others, like yourselves, and we welcome referrals from you to our Outreach team. We can do outreach in a few ways:
- you might like us to visit a person or household alongside of you and one of your workers, or
- you might like us to visit a person or household ourselves, with Department of Communities or Lifeline, or
- you might tell us that it would be best to go out and set up a couple of workers and a table at an outlying location where you know that there are heaps of people who are affected and would like contact with us, but maybe they don’t want us to come to their house – it might be better to meet in a local central meeting place (a service, a hall, a centre etc).
There’s two ways you can make a referral to us:
- You just need to provide us with details of name, address, contact details, and a bit of background story, and emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can call our ‘Agency only’ hotline to make a referral (with the same details as listed on the form) over the phone – 0478 871 992. Please only give this number out to workers and other agencies you know, as we will have a volunteer taking these calls, and they won’t be outreach workers or case workers.
Senior Regional Services Manager (Rockhampton-based) – closing date 19 January 2015
Help us make a greater difference through our community services programs. Work with a fabulous group of people, leading the day to day operations of a group of services cutting across portfolio areas including social inclusion and mental health, youth development and family support. The position involves travel and functions largely autonomously. Salary is $86,840 plus good salary packaging opportunities. For more information, please see the Red Cross website and phone Janeen Miesch, Regional Manager on 07 4922 8056.
Care-Taker – Rockhampton Wellbeing Centre – urgently required
Be responsible for helping provide comfortable accommodation for patients and their loved-ones when accessing medical services in Rockhampton. The Care-taker position is a Volunteer role responsible for check-ins and check-outs, handling money, some basic cleaning and above all, offering a supportive and nurturing environment for people. The Care-taker would live on-site in a two-bedroom unit and be on duty after hours. The Wellbeing Centre is operated during business hours by other volunteers so this role may be suitable for people who are employed elsewhere. This role would suit an individual or a couple. For more information, please phone Aaron Holt, Community Development Officer on 07 4922 8056.
Partners in Recovery Facilitator (Barcaldine-based) – closing date 18 January 2015
Use your skills and knowledge to review and assess referrals, facilitate case management and care coordination, and conduct case coordination meetings with clients and other service providers. This program aims to improve the system response to, and outcomes for, people with severe and persistent mental illness who have complex needs. Salary range is $61,776 – $64,439. For more information, please see the Red Cross website or contact Carmen Merchant, Service Manager by phone on 07 4651 2007.
Workshop: FoodCents – delivered by an Australian Red Cross FoodCents facilitator
When: Tuesday, December 2
Where: Mount Morgan Central Primary School
Breakfast club room
Who should attend: Parents, carers, professionals supporting families, and any others who may be interested
Mount Morgan United is a Communities for Children project.
Communities for Children Facilitating Partner Initiative Rockhampton LGA is funded by the Australian Government and facilitated by The Smith Family.