If you have some up your sleeve and love a good chat, COTA SA wants to hear from you.
Its Visitors program aims to help create rewarding connections by pairing friendly volunteers with older people who live alone and are at risk of loneliness or social isolation.
As part of the federal government's Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme, COTA Visitors targets loneliness, which affects 20 percent of South Australians aged 75 and over who can feel especially marginalised and out-of-touch in a modern online and busy world.
People are matched through the program based on location and shared interests, making it easier to maintain an ongoing friendship and provide valuable company to those who need it most.
Volunteer Shervin Shokri, who is studying healthcare management, visits Lorraine Molsher fortnightly, an older person at risk of loneliness, and loves their mutually strong friendship.
Shervin said she was scared at the start and felt like she was "going on a blind date".
"Yet when Lorraine opened the door, I felt I was at the home of a relative I have known for years. She made me feel so comfortable by warmly welcoming me. She made me tea, talked about her family and we shared our life stories. At the end of the first session, I was so happy that I could overcome my fears and signed up for this program."
This blossoming relationship has meant a great deal for Shervin who has found much inspiration in her visits with Lorraine.
"Lorraine has taught me a lot and has encouraged me to be courageous and stick to my values. My relationship with Lorraine has shown me that the younger generation can benefit a lot from the care, energy, and wisdom of the older generation," Shervin said.
Lorraine said she was waiting a while to be matched and had forgotten all about it.
"I was pleased when I was contacted by COTA SA and very happy to have Shervin visit."
The program is seeking people who have one hour a week or fortnight to spare and are ready to build a trusted friendship with an older person.
Volunteers are needed across metropolitan Adelaide. They are also seeking volunteers to support the LGBTI+ community.
Contact COTA SA on 8232 0422 or visit www.cotasa.org.au