Volunteering/Younger Seniors

"Wherever you turn, you can find someone that needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don't live in a world all of your own."

Albert Schweitzer

 

COA volunteers are involved in every aspect of service delivery. Most often our volunteers are retirees who bring their life skills to COA and continue to contribute, making a difference in the lives of others.

To register as a COA Volunteer you will need to complete the following forms:

Volunteer Work agreement - This form includes preferred work type and time commitment, insurance indemnity for Meals on Wheels deliverers, and our confidentiality agreement.

Informed Consent Form - This allows us to conduct a Criminal Record Check required for all volunteers working with elderly vulnerable clients. This requires a 100 point identity check which must be checked in person by the designated COA staff member. Please book an appointment time to come to COA and complete the 100 point check. You should only complete pages 1 and 5 of the form on your own, the rest will be completed at COA during your appointment

 

Volunteer Roles Available at COA

Delivering Kosher Meals-on-Wheels

We deliver meals to our clients on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Eastern Suburbs and on Thursday to those based on the North Shore. In addition to our regular drivers we need back-up emergency drivers who are able to cover shifts when our regular drivers are unavailable. To volunteer in this role your own car is essential.

Shopping Friend

Many of our clients are unable to shop alone. As a volunteer in this role you would be responsible for taking a COA client to the supermarket, assisting them to shop and then aiding them to put their groceries away on returning home. Alternatively, some of our volunteers are given a list and then do the shopping and deliver it to our clients if they are unable to leave the home.

Transport Friend

Help to transport a client to and from COA activities, or take them to medical appointments. Transport friends also help with regular bus outings.

A Shabbat Mitzvah

Once a month, COA volunteers attend non-denominational old age homes to visit Jewish residents. On these Friday afternoons, we light candles and do a pre-Shabbat Kiddush. We also visit on Chaggim and before the High Holy Days. Our volunteers help to bring Yiddishkeit to these residents and help them stay connected to their culture and heritage.

Entertainers

Are you musical and enjoy entertaining people with your voice or instrument? Our clients love to sing and dance - we are always looking for new talent - contact us if you can spin a tune!

Management Committee

Our Management Committee helps to run COA Sydney and provides practical assistance to the organisation. If you have management skills please contact us and we can assess what roles are available.

Help in the office

The range of jobs available in the office is endless - eg. receipting, data entry, filing, shredding, letter writing. We have positions available part-time - for a few hours a week, or you can dedicate a day or two - we appreciate any support. If you have the skills - we'd love to hear from you.

Outreach Program - Home Visits

Be part of our Tea 4 Two program - volunteers visit our clients weekly or fortnightly, share a cup of tea (or coffee) and a chat. Social contact makes the world of difference if the person is isolated at home.

Outreach Program - Hospital Visits

If a client has recently been discharged from hospital a COA volunteer will often visit, take a meal and share a chat. While sometimes a client needs a few weeks to recover, our volunteers maintain contact to ensure that they are not socially isolated.

Do you speak a foreign language?

We currently run workshops for French and Yiddish - but with a multitude of other languages from all over the world we are happy to expand our program.

Phone-a-Friend

Some of COA's clients are isolated and don't have the ability to leave home very often. A friendly voice on the other end of the phone is something they rely on for social contact. If you like to interact and talk to people lend us your friendly voice to share once a week and be the sunshine on the other end of the phone.

Activity Centre Meals

Serving meals out of our kosher kitchen during the day to our activity centre clients is a key part of our service. Sometimes it's soup, sometimes it's sandwiches or macaroni cheese - we always need volunteers to assist with preparing and serving meals.

Computer Tutor

Our seniors benefit from the experience of our computer whiz Victor Prager who runs classes that teach members how to use their iphone, ipad or tablet or laptop. 

Activity Centre Assistants

With a six-day-a-week activity program taking place at COA, our Activity Officer and Diversional Therapist are always looking for extra volunteers to assist and interact with members as they enjoy the activities.

Lecturer/Presenter

Do you have an interesting story to tell or some knowledge to share? Our clients would be delighted to learn something new - get in touch and we can schedule you into our activity program.