Volunteers “Enliven” the lives of older people

Volunteers “Enliven” the lives of older people

National Volunteer Week 2015

National Volunteer Week starts next week (21 to 27 June) and is a celebration of volunteers who have contributed invaluable knowledge, skill and time to communities around Aotearoa.

Volunteers from all walks of life are always welcome at Enliven Day Programmes in communities throughout the upper North Island.

The day programmes provide opportunities for social interaction for older people, through activities and outings. They’re run by Presbyterian Support Northern’s Enliven services to help people who might otherwise be socially isolated to reconnect with their communities.

“A stimulating environment which encourages engagement with others is a key component to enable older people to live independently,” says Enliven General Manager Andrea McLeod. “We so appreciate the volunteers who give their skills, experience and time to support the work of our community day programmes. Their contribution makes a big difference to the older people who come along.”

The day programmes supplement Enliven’s homecare services which enable people to thrive in their own homes, stay healthy and engage in their community. Activities are individually or group focused and include exercises and social interaction.

“We encourage those who want to make a difference in their community to seek out opportunities to volunteer at our day programmes. Contributions can be big or small. Regardless of your skills, experience and time, there will always be a place to volunteer,” says Andrea.

Enliven will join in celebrating National Volunteer Week from 21 to 27 June. This year’s theme is ‘There is a place for you to volunteer – he wahi mohou hei tuao.’