It is about one-to-one friendship. By taking a moment to connect with someone with an intellectual disability, volunteers make a positive difference in the life of another. The main emphasis of this role is volunteers including a person with them while doing something they usually do. This is what makes IHC Volunteering unique.
We welcome applicants from 17 years of age and from all walks of life. People with intellectual disabilities have diverse interests and backgrounds so the more varied volunteers we have the easier it is to match people. Having a genuine interest in developing a connection with someone with an intellectual disability is a prerequisite.
Dunedin and surrounding area. Community based and ideally matches will be made in similar residual areas.
Relaxed but tidy dress.
The regional volunteer coordinator will provide a full orientation to IHC, along with relevant training to the person they are matched with. Initially volunteers meet frequently with the coordinator either in person or over the phone. There are regular scheduled reviews that will ensure the friendship is successful.
Volunteers will be required to be interviewed, police vetted and give 2 references. Reasonable out of pocket expenses for activities, coffee, travel etc. will be paid.
Anytime. Dependant on friend match.
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.