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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.

APPLY TO VOLUNTEER

 REFER A PARTICIPANT  

 

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:

  • Be heard

  • 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

 

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