Central Otago Friendship Network

VISITOR / COMPANION - Befriending and assisting aged or disabled people

Organisation Summary:

The majority of people in the community are able to freely access community clubs, retail outlets, recreational pursuits and employment. All of these pursuits usually involve social contact with other members of the community on a regular basis.

Unfortunately a number of people are ‘disabled’ by the community in that their disability restricts their freedom of movement, ability to interact with others and generally their ability to meet a healthy level of social contact. For people with a disability, including age related and degenerative disability, social contact cannot be left to chance as in the majority of cases it just does not happen without considered and appropriate community intervention.

The Central Otago Friendship Network is active in the Alexandra and Cromwell basins.  We encourage all people to have as much participation in the community as possible.  COFN aims to enrich lives by establishing a friendship and support network in the wider community.

Volunteers play a vital role in the Friendship Network. They are part of everything they do from serving on the committee, fundraising, one to one friendships and driving our people to and from social groups. Without volunteers the network simply would not exist.


Duties available to volunteers are:

  1. Driving to social occasions
  2. One to one friendships through at home befriending.
  3. Helping with social groups

Members of the network range from individuals aged from in their 20s through to 60+.

Time Commitment:  This varies depending on the role. Details to be confirmed.  Located in Alexandra and Cromwell.

Skills required:

A range of ages and life skills are welcomed. Volunteers should be non-judgmental, friendly and happy to assist older or disabled people. An interest in reducing isolation and broadening individuals social and communication skills is preferred.

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening