Circle of Friends program

The Circle of Friends program enables older members of the community and younger people living with disabilities to further create ways to experience a sense of meaning, purpose and enjoyment in life.  One of the ways we do this is through the Treasured Stories program..

St John Treasured StoriesChannel 7, 19 June 2013

Extraordinary yarns from ordinary people are being collected as part of a new treasured stories project by St John.

The aim is to allow the elderly to create a family legacy, but it is also teaching valuable lessons to younger generations.

Among those recording their stories is Alan Horne, who is telling his stories from his years as a grenadier during the Second World War.

And while he tells the tales, St John volunteer Nathan Uhe jots it down.

Making a difference

St John volunteers connect isolated clients with activities, groups or organisations which reflect individual interests and goals, building bridges back to community involvement.

The program provides:

  • Personalised service which utilises assessment to discover interests, and develop plans which further enable participants to connect with their local community in a way which is personally meaningful to them
  • Social support to older members of the community and younger people living with a disability who have little or no support

Volunteer and community participants’ assistance may include:

  • Working in partnership with the coordinator to enable a client to achieve their goals
  • Undertaking activities with a client to assist them achieve their personal goals
  • Additionally, carers have peace of mind that their loved one is being supported by a caring volunteer or community participant while they take a few hours to have a break

View the geographic areas covered and the respective Program Coordinator.

Get involved

If you would like to become a Circle of Friends program volunteer, or perhaps you are in need of a little help, contact a Program Coordinator. A recruitment process applies to volunteers, and assessment for potential clients to determine eligibility.

Funding

The St John Circle of Friends and Community Care Program in South Australia is funded by the State Government HACC Program, the Australian Government Commonwealth HACC Services and St John SA.