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Transport Alternative Project Volunteer

Organisation : Travellers Aid Australia

Location : Melbourne

Time required : Minimum one session per week (approximately 2 hours) and ongoing commitment for 8-10 months

Duration of project : 8-10 months

Skill Area : Community Services, Customer Service, Education & Training, Social & Support Work

Sector : Aged Care & Seniors, Community Development, Community Engagement, Community Support Services

Posted on : 31 Jul, 2019

About the Role

Travellers Aid, along with the VicRoads City of Moonee Valley, will be conducting a pilot project. The project aims to support and empower older drivers to consider transport alternatives as they age so they can continue to lead full and active lives whilst reducing their dependency on driving private cars. 
The objective is to encourage and educate older drivers to consciously plan for their own transition to alternative transport options whilst retaining their self-determination and their choice of transport options. 
The pilot also aims to deal with the negative feelings associated with relinquishing driving and seeks to address the older driver’s challenges, barriers and fears, in particular their desire to maintain a high level of independence and community involvement.

WHAT IS INVOLVED
Volunteers will meet with clients at their homes and talk about their transport plan (which will be given to the client and volunteer prior). Volunteer will determine assistance required which may include escorting client on transport route until client feels comfortable travelling independently. At the end of the assistance period, Volunteer will assist client to fill out exit survey. Training will be provided for all volunteers.

KEY SKILLS
– Basic IT knowledge (eg. putting apps on mobile phones)
– Basic knowledge of Melbourne Public Transport System, ride shares etc. 
– Clear communication skills

IMPACT DOING THE OPPORTUNITY WILL HAVE
The opportunity to assist older people to maintain social connections and access the community when driving is no longer a safe option.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Travellers Aid Australia
Not for Profit : Yes

Apply for this Position

For details concerning this role , please contact

Nethmi Jayakody

Phone : 03 9654 2600

Email : volunteers@travellersaid.org.au


Please quote in application: Transport Alternative Project Volunteer via Pro Bono Australia.


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