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Friend of the Home, Resident Support (Dunedin)


Presbyterian Support Otago


Practical Help


Working Hours



Friend of the home, resident support is a new volunteer role. Volunteers will get to know residents in the unit. Be that friendly face, while listening with a can do attitude.
St Andrews Home and Hospital offers rest home and hospital level care and in a supportive community for residents, with friendly staff and freshly cooked meals creating a home-like atmosphere.

What would you do?

  • Help residents to make their room homely, change the water in the vase, hang some art or photos in the room
  • Help residents with small projects
  • Ensure residents are feeling at home and connected
  • Chat, banter, laugh and build relationships
  • Engage with residents in a friendly manner
  • Give your time weekly, fortnightly depending your availability
  • You will receive a full orientation and training

No two days are the same, 2 hours goes very fast and it's a wonderfully rewarding experience. Beware - you might experience a 'helper's high' as your volunteering can lead to a rush of euphoria and the release of endorphins!


  • Able to work independently
  • Organised
  • Friendly, approachable
  • Compassion, and understanding of elder needs
  • Sense of humour, friendliness
  • Patience and understanding of confidentiality
  • Physically able to move furniture around a residents room or assist by pushing residents in wheel chairs
  • Police check
  • Reliable and dedicated
  • Commitment of at least 6 Months is required

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • About 2 hours each week or fortnight (or more if you have the time)
  • The role will be carried out between 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Monday - Sunday, on a day that suits your availability

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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