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Residential Home Support Volunteer

Social engagement and meaningful activity are essential to a healthy, happy life; no matter what your age is.

Presbyterian Support Otago are looking for friendly and motivated volunteers who are keen to share their time and skills to enhance the lives of the residents at one of their Enliven residential homes. 3 Dunedin locations are St Andrews, Ross Home and Taieri Court. Ranui in Alexandra, Iona in Oamaru, Holmdene in Balclutha and Elmslie House and Aspiring Enliven Care Centre Enliven in Wanaka.

The roles:

  • Vary depending on the volunteer and location. get in touch with Jasmin at volunteer@psotago.org.nz to discuss the variety of ways you can volunteer. below are some examples.

  • enjoy enabling older people to live an active and social life. volunteers will have the opportunity to engage with older people and develop new friendships with members and other volunteers.

  • Help an elderly person stay connected. Visit and engage with with residents, enjoy spending time on shared interests.

  • Activities Assistant - They are looking for volunteers to assist with activities for the day. To assist staff transfer residents, in wheelchairs and lounge chairs, from their living areas to and from events within the facility. Assisting with the preparation and service of morning and afternoon tea and delivery of lunch (already plated). Volunteers are also occasionally called upon to assist with clients to the bathroom door and back as required, and generally ensuring clients are comfortable as directed by the coordinator. This role needs a person who is physically capable of pushing residents in chairs. Remaining with residents while entertainment is being held. Helping to clear room of chairs and tables at the completion of the afternoon.

  • Van Cleaning - St Andrew's is looking for someone to keep their van clean and tidy for outings. Washing the outside of Ford Transit Van . Vacuuming and wiping surfaces of the inside of the van on a quarterly / or as needed basis.

  • Van Outing Escort - Social engagement and meaningful activity are essential to a healthy, happy life, no matter what your age. Club Enliven is for people over 65 years and offers a range of social activities including discussions, presentations from guest speakers, singing and music, craft, outings, cooking and meals. They are looking for volunteers to assist staff with residents getting in and out of the van safely, to sit with residents during the van outing, and to be guided by staff members to ensure residents are safe and well for the duration of the outing.

  • Piano Player - They need someone who is independent and motivated to play the piano in the lounge area of the two hospital units and one secure unit (approximately 1/2 hour per unit) in Dunedin. Choice of playing in one unit for the first week, another the following week and another on the third week or play in one unit only. Music to suit aged care - songs from 1940's-1990's popular.

  • Sewing Helper - The Dunedin Enliven has a sewing group that meets fortnightly on Tuesday mornings to sew labels on clothing for the residents. Volunteers are seeked who are able to neatly hand sew.

Presbyterian Support Otago works for a fair, just and caring community. Motivated by their Christian heritage, and in partnership with others, PSO works across the generations for positive change, strong families and healthy communities. In fulfilling their mission, they endeavour to act with Faith, Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Courage and Independence.


Ideal volunteers will:

  • Having good communication is essential
  • Be punctual and reliable
  • Have a good sense of humour
  • Be honest
  • Friendly and empathetic to aged care
  • Common sense. 
  • Physically capable

Volunteers should have a natural interest in older people, have patience, a caring and respectful attitude and be happy working as part of a team.

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

Varies to suit volunteer.

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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