Home is where help is needed

At Home client Jill Keenan and volunteer Margaret Grove watch on as entertainer Glenn Levi and Brightwater Care Group volunteer co-ordinator Wendy Delahoy-Bianchi practise some dance moves.       Picture: Martin Kennealey         d443622       
At Home client Jill Keenan and volunteer Margaret Grove watch on as entertainer Glenn Levi and Brightwater Care Group volunteer co-ordinator Wendy Delahoy-Bianchi practise some dance moves.       Picture: Martin Kennealey         d443622       

VOLUNTEERS are needed to support older people living independently at home.

Brightwater Care Group is launching the Brightwater At Home volunteer program this month and is seeking northern suburbs residents who can give up their time to provide companionship.

Chief executive Dr Penny Flett said as people got older and less mobile, social isolation could occur.

“Brightwater At Home supports people who are ageing to stay in their homes, and independent, for as long as possible,” she said.

“Helping people stay connected with their community could involve being a regular visitor, providing company and friendship within the home, a phone or Skype companion for friendly conversation, or as a driver, taking people out for shopping, lunch or a scenic drive.”

The free launch event will provide prospective volunteers with information about the program and will include musical entertainment, rock and roll dancing, a sausage sizzle and refreshments.

It will run from 1.30 to 3.30pm on Saturday, October 31, at Currambine Community Centre, 64 Delamere Avenue.

For more information, call 9202 3545.