Charitable Trust calls for volunteers

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Auckland based Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust has called for volunteers to work under its

‘Dosti’ Programme.

The following Statement was issued by Programme Coordinator Verona Sequeira.

‘Dosti’ is a culturally appropriate and confidential volunteer visiting service for senior citizens of Indian and South Asian origin who are house bound or socially isolated either due to ill-health, age, mobility or other issues.

This service is for clients aged 60 years above who would benefit having a friend visit them once a week.

Growing isolation

Social isolation is a growing issue in the Indian and South Asian senior population. Socially isolated people do not always have the support from friends, family and the wider community. Due to neglect, lack of cultural awareness of NZ, and language difficulties the seniors are unable to integrate into the community and become lonely, housebound and isolated.

This results in physical, mental health problems, increased residential care and places them at higher risk of abuse and neglect.

Friendly Service

Through ‘Dosti,’ we aim to decrease the level of isolation and loneliness for older people living in the community.

For more information, please call Verona Sequeira, on (09) 6221010 or 021-2592114.

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Shanti Niwas engages elders with love and care

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