New project to tackle loneliness in residential aged care - Helping Hand

New project to tackle loneliness in residential aged care


Helping Hand is partnering with the National Ageing Research Institute to find out how befriending a person living in residential aged care can reduce depression, anxiety and loneliness.

3 December 2019

The project, called BEFRIENDAS, involves volunteers spending an hour a week for four months with an aged care resident just chatting about everyday topics, without focusing on health or emotional problems.

Participants are provided with a training session before they start, and ongoing support throughout the project. Once they have finished their four months of visits, we will ask them some questions about their experience. All volunteers must be over 18, and will need to have a police check prior to starting the project, which we will arrange and pay for.

“The visits have made both Jane and myself happy and I actively look forward to seeing her every week… The volunteer portion is only one day a week, for around an hour and is incredibly rewarding.” Claudia, BEFRIENDAS volunteer

If you are free for an hour a week, you can give an older person living in residential aged care more joy, happiness and friendship in their life. If you are interested in being involved, or would like more information, please contact Emily Sherpa, project officer: esherpa@helpinghand.org.au or 08 8224 7817.


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