Volunteer your time
Volunteers are vital to Enliven! Volunteers make a significant difference to the lives of elders living at Enliven’s homes.
As a volunteer you can give as little or as much time as you wish, on days and times that suit you. There are some volunteer roles that require an ongoing regular commitment whilst others are more flexible. There are also one-off opportunities.
As a volunteer you can provide valuable help and support in many ways. For example:
- supporting our recreation officers to run activities and outings
- as a volunteer driver for our rest home residents
- providing one-to-one companionship to elders in the community and at our rest homes, especially on weekends
- helping out with fundraising activities and administration
It’s important that you find your time as a volunteer enjoyable and rewarding, so we’ll work with you to find opportunities that are suited to your skills and interests.
Our volunteers say
“I have my own business and it can make me feel stressed at times but when I come here all the stress goes away. When I spend time with people here it makes me feel happy.” Yumei, Cashmere Home
“We have a lot of laughs here. I just love it. Anyone who is looking for a way to give back or spend their spare time should consider volunteering with Enliven – you get as much out of it as you put in and you meet so many great people!” Pauline, Levin Home for War Veterans
“It’s a lovely home here and it has been a privilege and a joy to entertain so many lovely elderly people over the years. It’s great to see how they still enjoy singing along. You notice their feet tapping and a smile on their face,” Tony, Wellington volunteer
“We’ve built up relationships with the residents and many have watched Jeanie growing up. She wasn’t even crawling when we first came in and now she’s walking. We’ve become part of the family.” Bridget who volunteers along with her 18 month old daughter
Interested in volunteering?
Become an Enliven Connect volunteer and support people with early-stage dementia
Enliven Connect is a buddy programme designed to help people with early-stage dementia stay engaged in community life, in the Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata and Stokes Valley region.
A dementia diagnosis can be upsetting and unnerving, and many people begin to withdraw from their community. Volunteers will arrange to spend regular, quality time with their ‘buddy’, supporting them to continue their everyday activities, interests and hobbies.
If you’re caring, reliable, an excellent communicator and would like to make a difference to the life of someone with early-stage dementia, then we’d love to hear from you. Full training is available.