Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will not be sending our volunteers into the community. This is temporary pause in the program and we look forward to resuming later in the year, following Government guidelines.
Our Phone Support program WILL continue. If you have any questions, please contact Megan or Mick at our head office on (08) 8355 3500.
We appreciate that this is a change that will impact on our clients and hope you are all doing well during this time.
Becoming a PQSA Volunteer will make a positive impact in the lives of PQSA’s clients. The benefits of becoming a volunteer are endless. Volunteering helps with gaining confidence, learning new skills, being part of a community and meeting different types of people. The Volunteering Program at PQSA offers a Home Handy Person Service, Gardening Service, Dog Walking Service, Home Visiting/Shopping Service and Phone Support.
All PQSA Volunteer services can be accessed by people who have a Physical or Neurological condition and use a wheelchair for mobility.
To become a PQSA Volunteer, you will require a DCSI Screening and be reference checked. All volunteers receive orientation and training.
Roles of PQSA’s Volunteers are:
Clients must provide the parts or gardening supplies needed to complete the job.
Dog Walking Volunteers are matched up with a client as close as
possible to their home. Volunteers walk the client’s dog
as often as they can.
Volunteers visit with clients, generally on a fortnightly basis. The main role of the Home Visiting and Shopping Volunteer is to provide social support to the client. Common activities that take place during these visits are chatting, shopping or joining the client for a meal or coffee. All out of pocket expenses are reimbursed to the Volunteer.
All PQSA Phone Support Volunteers have a disability and phone their
clients generally on a fortnightly basis for a friendly chat and
‘Since moving in to residential care, I’ve grown to love my
volunteer’s dogs as much as my own. They bring so much joy when they
– Marilyn (client)
‘What I most enjoy about volunteering with Cuong is the conversations we have about almost anything. Similar interests, talking about high tech gadgets, sharing cultural differences and learning about new things’ – Nishana (volunteer)
‘I look forward to catching up with Nishana fortnightly on a Thursday, I enjoy our talks and window shopping together’ – Cuong (client)
‘I love meeting wordly people like Malcolm to share stories with and
strike up a 3 way friendship, all because of walking Odie, who gives me
the biggest smile when I arrive and is so happy when we walk, Malcolm is
always grateful…I think Odie is pretty happy too’
- Graeme (volunteer)
We always welcome feedback, compliments and complaints.