Re-Engaging in Community
Re-Engaging in Community is designed to assist people who have experienced homelessness, are now re-homed but struggling to go out and explore their community.
Here’s how you can help…
VOLUNTEER for this innovative program or refer a participant and be a change-maker during COVID-19 and beyond.
Attention: If you are in search of affordable housing, or have an affordable space to offer, please visit HOME HUB
About the Program
Through our work with the 50 Lives 50 Homes project, we discovered the real and present danger of newly housed individuals, returning to old people and places to avoid the effects of loneliness.
The REC program aims to:
• Help develop a feeling of belonging
• Support in building confidence
• Encourage exploration of the local community
• Revisit past interests
• Support access to local events
• Offer support and company
• Encourage re/engagement in the local community
Simply put this is a buddy system, which can be as simple as someone to just say, come on, we’ll go together.
Think getting the bus together, finding out where the local walking group meets, joining a volunteer group, working out where you might join in some art classes, finding out if there’s a second-hand bike available or making some new cycling friends. The list goes on.
From the information collated from our Co-Design workshops we found that potential participants were looking to:
Talk to a non-judgmental listener.
Spend time with someone who had the time.
Be around people that could easily empathise and give ‘real-life experience’.
We are calling out for volunteers that have real-life experience like overcoming hardships with a positive and inspirational attitude and are comfortable working in this challenging time.
Volunteers are a key element to the success of this program, we are forever grateful for your support. We would also like to thank our major sponsor Lotterywest and community partners RUAH and 50 Lives 50 Homes Intiative
To be successful in this role it is essential you:
Are over 18 years old
Are friendly, approachable and have good communication skills
Are responsible and able to manage your time well
Hold some understanding or willingness to learn about the issues facing people who have experienced homelessness
Have the capacity to meet up in person or phone and email for up to six months
Have good communication skills
Attend an Induction and Training Session
Provide two Professional References
Are eligible for a National Police Clearance (at our cost)
Are willing to obtain a National Police Clearance