Are you looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity that you can fit around work and family?
Do you want to be a friend to someone who is socially isolated? Are you available for an hour a week for one year?
Compeer is a mental health friendship program which matches volunteers in one-to-one friendship with someone who is isolated and living with a mental illness in their community.
As a Compeer volunteer, you will spend an hour a week with your friend, enjoying outings together, such as having coffee, grabbing a bite to eat, or attending a sporting match.
We provide training and ongoing support for volunteers, and the opportunity to catch up with other members of the Compeer community for social events.
An hour a week can make a big difference to your new friend’s quality of life, and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
We accept volunteer applications from people aged 18 or older; however as we match people based on gender and age, we are currently seeking male and female volunteers aged 30 and over.
Volunteers undergo a criminal history check to join the program, and because of this, volunteers must be Australian permanent residents.
Compeer is an internationally recognised and awarded volunteer friendship program, which has been operating over 4 decades across the USA, Canada and the southern states of Australia.
St Vincent de Paul Society brought Compeer to our state in 2011 with the Sunshine Coast program being the first in Queensland.
Compeer recruits, screens and trains volunteers to be matched in one-on-one friendships with people receiving mental health treatment. Increased social support plays a significant role in relapse prevention and recovery.
The word has spread rapidly and referrals for this service are now pouring in from across the Sunshine Coast – from Nambour to Maleny. We urgently require more volunteers to complete Compeer training and reach the members of our community who are experiencing loneliness or social isolation.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life. Some have the lived experience of mental illness or family and friends with mental illness. Others simply want to offer non-judgemental support in an area marked by stigma and lack of understanding. We have also had an incredible response and significant contributions from students of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Volunteers are asked to give one hour per week and because they are our most important resource Compeer offers full training, supervision and ongoing support.
For more information please contact:
Mandy Coxall Ph 5437 8976
L2 Community Capital Centre
100 Sportsmans Parade