From connecting with the digital world to staying involved in the garden, keeping the house clean and tidy or getting out to a museum, a Lively Helper is a bit like a grandkid who has the time and enthusiasm to help out with the little things that can make a big difference.
When you engage a Lively Helper, you're signing up for a meaningful relationship that can support you over time in various ways - not just to get a specific task done. We hope that your Helper will become a trusted friend who supports you to keep enjoying life as your needs and circumstances change.
In turn, engaging a Lively Helper provides a young person with meaningful paid employment, and the chance to learn from the stories, knowledge and experience of our older 'Members'.
Getting familiar with a new device, or learning how to get online to connect, communicate and pursue interests.
Help to maintain involvement in and upkeep of the garden - working together to help with the bits that have become a bit too hard.
Transport out and about
Transport and assistance to get out to social activities, places of interest, community events or meaningful activities.
Help around the home
Basic cleaning and laundry, or other jobs to keep your home feeling tidy and comfortable.
Pursuing projects around the home, or creative activities - think family history writing, documenting recipes, or even a craft project!
What Lively Helpers can assist with
But don't let this limit your imagination! In general, as long as you and your Helper agree to an activity, and it feels safe, you can choose your own adventure.
For your comfort, rest assured that all of our Helpers are thoroughly screened and trained for their role, and adhere to appropriate health and safety measures. And should any challenges arise in your match, our team is here to help resolve them.
Type of support
Lively Helper Service - per hour
We’re a not-for-profit, so we only charge what’s necessary to deliver high-quality support for both our older and younger participants. Our fees fund fair wages for our young Helpers, as well as the provision of our training, mentoring and support that helps them kickstart their careers.
Lively Helper services are designed to be experienced as ongoing, regular sessions at a frequency of your choice. This provides stable employment to our young Helpers, and supports you to build a genuine relationship over time. Helpers can be engaged for two hours or more at a time, and the minimum booking or referral is four sessions.
Sessions are eligible to be funded through Home Care Packages and in some cases the Commonwealth Home Support Program. If you're receiving services through these funding streams, contact your provider to discuss engaging Lively Helper Services.
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