God made us for relationship. Relationship with him, relationship with his creation and relationship with one another.
From English classes to parenting and dementia support groups, Anglicare offers many opportunities for people to connect with others and find support in their community. There are also plenty of ways to start a conversation yourself, from volunteering alongside Anglicare’s chaplains to getting involved through its Take Love ministry for young people.
For those whose families are far away, residential aged care and even retirement living can sometimes be a lonely experience. That’s why Anglicare began this innovative Virtual Visiting Program through its Take Love ministry for young people.
Students taking part in the program connect with residential aged care and retirement living residents via a series of four video chats, where both participants can have a chance to get to know one another. It culminates with a morning tea where students can meet those they’ve be talking with in person.
The Virtual Visiting program is intended to foster meaningful connection, as well as offer young people a chance to learn from the experience of a different generation.
Reflecting on getting to know the resident she was paired with, Abbotsleigh student, Olivia, commented on how much she appreciated connecting with someone of a different generation.
“I loved talking to my resident every week and seeing what she had been up to,” says Olivia. “She told me wonderful stories from her childhood.”
Testament to the success of the Virtual Visits, another student participant, Annabelle, said she enjoyed getting to know her resident so much that she was planning on staying in touch after the program.
To find out more about this program or how to get involved, visit the Take Love website.