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JoCare is an initiative of St Joseph’s Catholic Parish in Malvern which began in 2015, and is a free service supported by St Joseph’s Malvern and Cabrini Health.

 

JoCare involves volunteers providing non-professional acts of service to people who live independently in the area and are experiencing social isolation.

Acts of service may include:Visiting for a chat

  • Sharing a book together
  • Going for a walk
  • Having a cuppa
  • Teaching/learning a new skill
  • Limited access to transport for local trips.

Rotary Chadstone are exploring the options of how the Club can work with JoCare, assisting to provide support to the elderly in the Malvern Community.

We have neighbours who have little opportunity to leave their homes and we know that loneliness can be very debilitating. The initial intention is to have a roster of Club members who are able to transport men to the Men’s Shed - a weekly event run on a Tuesday afternoon.  We will begin with just 2-3 men. At the same time we will be asking for volunteers (maybe non-Rotarians) to consider visiting women and men in their homes to chat or to take them out for a walk.


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