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Befriending Volunteer

The Central Otago Friendship Network aims to enrich lives by establishing a friendship and support network in the wider community. The majority of people in the community are able to freely access community clubs, retail outlets, recreational pursuits and employment. All of these pursuits usually involve social contact with other members of the community on a regular basis.

Unfortunately a number of people are ‘disabled’ by the community in that their disability restricts their freedom of movement, ability to interact with others and generally their ability to meet a healthy level of social contact. For people with a disability, including age related and degenerative disability, social contact cannot be left to chance as in the majority of cases it just does not happen without considered and appropriate community intervention.

The Central Otago Friendship Network is active in the Alexandra and Cromwell basins.  They encourage all people to have as much participation in the community as possible.

Volunteers play a vital role in the Friendship Network. They are part of everything they do from serving on the committee, fundraising, one to one friendships and driving our people to and from social groups. Without volunteers the network simply would not exist.

Duties available to volunteers are:

  • Driving to social occasions
  • One to one friendships through at home befriending.
  • Helping with social groups

Members of the network range from individuals aged from in their 20s through to 60+.


A range of ages and life skills are welcomed. Volunteers should be non-judgmental, friendly and happy to assist older or disabled people. An interest in reducing isolation and broadening individuals social and communication skills is preferred.

Time commitment

This varies depending on the role. Details to be confirmed.

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.

Ref: 1771

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