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Companion Visiting - St Andrews Home and Hospital


Presbyterian Support Otago







Please note, Presbyterian Support Otago’s volunteer coordinator is on annual leave from 18 December 2023 – 22 January 2024. They will respond to your volunteer enquiry late January. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Situated on a sunny site in South Dunedin, the compassionate and experienced staff of St Andrews are people-focused and take pride in providing care with dignity and respect.

Companion Visiting service is a lovely service. Volunteers visit elderly people, to spend time with them, have a chat, help with a small project (e.g. sorting photos), go for a walk with them or whatever you choose. It really makes a difference to the people you work with, helping them stay connected and keeping them active.

Residents love chatting and having a laugh with volunteers who bring a little bit of the outside world in with them, making conversation about things happening in the community, places you have been, and things you have done or noticed.

  • You will receive a full orientation and training
  • You will be matched with a resident that has indicated they would like a volunteer to visit with them
  • One hour goes very fast and is incredibly rewarding
  • St Andrews is a hospital level aged care facility, consists of 3 units each with 26 residents

They hope volunteers enjoy making a difference in somebody's life whilst developing their own interpersonal skills. Volunteers get the opportunity to gain an insight into elder care, meet new people, establish new friendships and have fun! Experience ‘helpers high’ the effect of volunteering that leads to a rush of euphoria and the release of endorphins.


Please note:

  • All our volunteers must complete a Police Check
  • All volunteers will receive appropriate training and supervision for their role
  • All volunteers will be required to sign a Code of Conduct
  • Volunteers need to have good balance, vision and hearing, able to walk around the home

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

One hour per week on a day that suits you and a time that works for you and the resident.

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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