This volunteer support program helps people who have previously experienced homelessness to re-engage in the community and regain confidence through a buddy system, this can be as simple as someone to just say, come on, we will go together.
The Re-Engaging in Community program pairs participants, who have been homeless and are now living in their own home but are not confident to engage in their new community, with a volunteer buddy.
The volunteer buddy accompanies the participant on activities that encourage re-engagement in society, breaking down social and practical barriers and reigniting old passions. These activities can range from getting the bus together, discovering local walking groups, art classes, meeting new friends, joining a volunteer group and so on.
United Way WA has also been fast to adapt to the changing conditions imposed by COVID-19. We recognise that during these challenging times, the real and present danger of loneliness and isolation has increased. With restrictions to physical contact, United Way WA is continuing to work hard to still deliver this essential program through other means.
The Re-Engaging in Community program offers a human connection via the buddy system. Interaction with individuals and society is essential to a happy and successful life, which enhances healthy living by improving mental and physical wellbeing, a United Way WA pillar.
The program continues to support people to develop a feeling of belonging, build confidence, build connections through physical distancing, make plans for the future, discuss activities they would like to try in the future and talk about past interests. To find out more or take part click here.