Enliven Connect is a volunteer buddy programme designed to people with early-stage dementia and elders who are facing life alone or disconnected from their community.
We hear of many reasons why people end up lonely, isolated or without supports – especially now that families are so geographically spread. Memory loss, a dementia diagnosis or a cognitive impairment, anxiety, grief or mobility issues are common reasons people stop engaging in community life – these experiences can be upsetting and unnerving.
Enliven Connect works by matching volunteers with socially isolated community members.
Enliven Connect volunteers then Volunteers are supported to spend regular, quality time with their ‘buddy’, supporting them to continue their everyday activities, interests and hobbies.
The programme is currently offered in Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata and Stokes Valley while Enliven seeks funding to be able to offer this vital programme in other parts of the lower North Island.
Become an Enliven Connect volunteer.
Jim hasn’t spoken to anyone in weeks. Will you give him a call and invite him for a cuppa?
If you are interested in making a real difference to the life of someone with early-stage dementia, or an older person facing life alone, we’d love to hear from you.
The efforts, compassion and time given by volunteers provide a significant contribution, enriching communities and individuals. As an Enliven Connect volunteer, you’ll be making a unique difference to the life of someone with early dementia or living in social isolation.
If you’re a caring, reliable and friendly person with excellent communication skills, becoming an Enliven Connect volunteer might be a perfect opportunity for you.
Enliven Connect is currently being run in Lower Hutt, Wainuimoata and Stokes Valley. Full training is provided. If you would like to volunteer in this area or another region please contact us to discuss.