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Social Activity Companion

Organisation : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne (Fitzroy, Frankson and Carrum Downs)

Time required : 2-3 Hours, 1-3 Days per week (negotiable)

Duration of project : on-going

Skill area : Community Services, Social & Support Work

Sector : Aged Care & Seniors, Community Engagement

Application closing date : 30 Sep, 2022

About the role

We’re looking for fun and enthusiastic Social Activity Companions to join the Social Connections team!

Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) Aged Care services work with older people living with disadvantage, creating safe spaces, and providing services to maximise quality of life. Our social hubs provide a warm and welcoming place to visit, whether it be to attend a program, join a group, participate in an event or to receive guidance from a member of our team.

What will I do?

  • Spending dedicated time and providing companionship to clients
  • Engaging clients in good conversation
  • Assisting clients with participating in activities if they wish
  • Assisting staff and clients with group outings and events

All role-specific training will be provided by BSL.
Volunteers will also need to complete the appropriate background checks and COVID training prior to starting in the role.

We are looking for people who:

  •  Enjoy socialising and engaging and talking with all sorts of people
  •  Really love to have a chat!
  •  Have a genuine interest in working with and supporting older people
  •  Have well-developed and adaptable interpersonal and communication skills
  •  Have a high level of patience, compassion and an understanding of challenges related to aging
  •  Can remain calm and patient around varying behaviours
  •  Can work well with others and take direction from staff
  •  Are willing to understand and uphold the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.


About the organisation

Organisation name : Brotherhood of St Laurence

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is a social justice organisation working to prevent and alleviate poverty across Australia.

We believe no one should live in poverty. Our mission is to pursue lasting change, to create a more compassionate and just society where everyone can thrive.

We think differently and take a unique approach to address the fundamental causes of poverty in our community. Our approach is informed directly by the people experiencing disadvantage and uses evidence drawn from our research, together with insights from our programs and services, to develop practical solutions that work. We create programs which prevent and alleviate poverty during four key life transitions: childhood, adolescence, midlife and retirement.

We also believe change can only happen when people work together, which is why partnerships with the broader community and organisations are a cornerstone of BSL.

How to apply

 How do I apply?

1. Understand if you’re eligible

Check whether you meet the selection criteria by looking at the list above and reading through the Social Companion Role Description.

We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome the unique contributions of all people. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation, gender identity and people with disabilities to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within.

We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation.

2. Express your interest

Interested? We would love to hear from you! Get in touch and let us know about you and why this role interests you.

Email your expression of interest to: and include Social Activity Assistant in the subject line.

Please quote in application: Social Activity Companion via Pro Bono Australia.


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