While many residents of aged care facilities struggle to adapt to the many physical changes associated with ageing and illness, they have something uniquely valuable to contribute to the communities in which they live – their own unique life stories.
The Biography Program allows our elders to share their life story and to be known, affirmed, valued and celebrated. Ultimately this can help sustain identity, create a sense of community belonging, cultivate critical relationships and enhance personal meaning and purpose in life.
The program is about to be piloted in the Croydon/Montrose area and needs people interested in becoming a part of the program to take part in volunteer biographer training – due to begin on 17 October. This is an opportunity to take on a volunteer role that is highly rewarding, meaningful, productive and fun, and that promotes a shared sense of community belonging and connection.
Volunteers need to be able to be flexible with their time, and able to commit to one day a week of training for eight weeks. But training is thorough, and the program is responsible for ‘matching’ volunteers and biography subjects, and providing additional support throughout the biography writing process.
For more detail about the training provided, and to express interest in becoming a volunteer biographer, please go to the website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.