IHC’s celebrated volunteer programme has expanded to online to provide friendship and connection for people with intellectual disabilities, and for family carers, no matter where they live in New Zealand.
i-Volunteer is a one-to-one friendship programme that links people with intellectual disabilities and family carers with a friend who they can connect with online or by phone. The relationship is one-to-one. This means you spend time speaking to only one person, so you can both get to know each other. You can both decide how often you are in contact, there is flexibility and it is not time specific.
The i-Volunteer programme’s launch coincides with a new online application and orientation process for IHC volunteers. The online database includes E-Learning with volunteers having access to more than 400 topics so that volunteers can expand their knowledge. Topics include Autism, intellectual disability, health and safety, privacy and effective communication.
IHC welcomes applicants aged 17 and over from anywhere in New Zealand.