MACEDON Ranges Shire Council’s community support unit is looking for new volunteers to join the team.

The community support unit provides support services to assist older people, including those who may feel lonely or isolated, to participate and to feel included in community life.

Volunteers support older people to attend medical appointments and other activities, increase social connections by having a regular visit in the home or going out in the community, and reduce social isolation by making regular phone calls for a chat, and to check in.

Volunteers can also help increase an older person’s skills and confidence in getting online so they can interact with family and friends more easily.

“Community support volunteers play a vital role in the happiness and well-being of many people in the community,” said corporate and community director John Hausler,

“Volunteering is a great way to connect with your community and can be beneficial to both the volunteer and the person that you are volunteering for.”

People who would like to volunteer can call council’s healthy ageing engagement team on 5422 0333 or email svassilios@mrsc.vic.gov.au to enquire about volunteering.