TOMNET Community Care Programs:
TOMNET’s Volunteering Program is gaining momentum, more Members are becoming involved, and collectively contributing over 6352 formal hours of Volunteering last year (2013/2014). With your (our Members) help, we will be working hard to grow our Volunteering Program during 2015.
PEER SUPPORT GROUP SETUP
To create Member led or Peer Support networks of older men who genuinely care about the welfare of each other, and who reach out to support other older men in the community.
Our Members commit to ‘Older Men Supporting Older Men’ – we achieve this through networks of peer support and community care programs of Aged Care Visitation, Home Visitation, Affiliate Peer Group Support, Mentoring Disadvantaged Youth, and Telephone Support to isolated Members in our communities.
TOMNET grew from 8 men in 2001, to over 280 men in Toowoomba aged over 50 and we have 12 affiliated groups in regional, rural and remote locations.
AGED CARE VISITATION PROGRAM
A community care service that provides emotional and social peer support to male residents in aged care facilities, assisting then to deal with transition, loneliness, grief and providing a SENSE OF BELONGING.
TOMNET Volunteers regularly visit older men in Aged Care facilities within Toowoomba. Meaningful conversation is an important gift TOMNET Volunteers provide to older men in Aged Care facilities. Often, men find it difficult to participate in group activities with other residents due to a variety of reasons including health, transport or personal issues. The TOMNET Aged Care Visiting program provides a safe environment for older men to actively participate in conversations. Our purpose is the giving of emotional and social support for older men.
HOME VISITATION PROGRAM
Trained peer support Volunteers provide this to isolated, at risk older men and carers in their homes. The aim is to REDUCE social isolation, depression and risk of suicide.
For many older men, living alone and maintaining regular contact with other people in their community can be very difficult. Some issues that create a need for someone to be visited in their home include:
- No access to transport.
- A feeling of isolation, even in the familiar surrounds of their
- Feelings of loss of role, identity, and respect.
- Reluctant to admit that they are doing it tough.
- Health issues restrict their mobility.
The program aims to alleviate the social isolation experienced by older men, and ultimately contribute to a reduced suicide rate.
TELEPHONE SUPPORT PROGRAM
Trained peer support Volunteers provide TELEPHONE SUPPORT for members who are isolated and unable to attend regular TOMNET activities.
Service by TOMNET Volunteers to provide emotional and social support to TOMNET Members and older men in the community who are isolated due to health, transport or mobility reasons.
There are many reasons men do not engage with other people on a regular basis. Health issues, transport and grief are examples which preclude men from being active, often resulting in men being isolated within their own homes or dwellings. Isolation results in withdrawal from society, loss of connections with friends, feelings of hopelessness, and possibly depression.
How Can I Help?
Volunteers for TOMNET determine their level of involvement and the types of activities they wish to be involved in. We can help you find a position that best fulfills your interests and skills.
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