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Friend to a Person with an Intellectual Disability


Dunedin Friend-link







Would you like to make a big difference to someone with an intellectual disability?

Dunedin Friend-Link supports people with intellectual/learning disabilities to participate, contribute and belong to the Dunedin community. They work together with people to identify what would make life more enjoyable and support them to fill the gaps through friendship, group membership or even helping them to pursue a dream.

You can be matched with a specific friend or come along to help out in a group setting - or both! Some of the ways you can get involved are:

  • Helping with group meetings by providing conversation and a cuppa
  • Helping with a group activity e.g. singing or cooking classes
  • Having regular meals together with a matched friend
  • Driving a matched friend to and from appointments
  • Organising another activity with a matched friend e.g. organising to go for a walk on weekends

Support and training specific to your role will be provided by Friend-link.


  • You believe in the rights of everyone to be shown dignity and respect.
  • You'll enjoy getting to know someone new and will take pleasure in developing reciprocal friendship.
  • Knowledge of the challenges faced by people with disabilities is helpful, but not essential. Many friends have no previous involvement with people with disabilities and learn while volunteering.

Time commitment

Times are negotiated between friends or in the case of supporting a group, with the Friend-link office.

These are flexible and will depend on the arrangement. You might expect to commit a couple of hours per month.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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