The Care Army is made up of everyday Queenslanders who want to help older and vulnerable people living in the community who may not have a wide circle of friends, family or neighbours who are able to support them during times of crisis. The primary focus of the Care Army is social
connection and essential services such as the delivery of groceries and medicines for Queensland’s seniors.
Care Army was born during the COVID-19 pandemic but has continued to support vulnerable people even after the most visible effects of the pandemic have subsided.
What is the Care Army?
The Care Army is made up of everyday Queenslanders who want to help older and vulnerable people living in the community who may not have a wide circle of friends, family or neighbours who are able to support them during the COVID-19 outbreak. The primary focus of the Care Army is social connection and essential services such as the delivery of groceries and medicines for Queensland’s seniors.
What does a Care Army volunteer do?
Care Army volunteers support volunteering involving organisations that deliver services to community members. Amongst other things, these community members are identified as things need assistance needing assistance with getting groceries and other essential supplies, attending medical appointments,
using communication and entertainment technology, garden care, and having a friendly face to provide company and reassurance. In most cases, those receiving Care Army support do not have access to family, friends, or neighbours to help them during the health crisis.
Care Army volunteers are also playing an important role in the recovery process that VIOs are going through after the pandemic. Volunteering Involving organisations depended on the work of their volunteers to continue delivering their services, however, their volunteer workforce hasn’t returned to the same numbers they had after the pandemic as many of their previous volunteers are
within the population most vulnerable to COVID-19
Volunteering Queensland works with the Queensland Government to administer the Care Army program, facilitating the recruitment and placement of volunteers.
Care Army also works as an EV CREW service, so the process is the same.
How the program works
- Register as a Care Army volunteer and we will let you know, by email, when an Organisation requires your help to support a vulnerable community.
- Let us know if you are available for the position and we will share your details with the Organisation that coordinates the support.
- The Organisation will contact you by phone or email to provide more information and conduct their regular engagement processes.
- Then you start volunteering for as long as you can do it. You can even become a regular volunteer if you want.