The Albion Street Centre’s Ankali Project is looking for more volunteers to help with emotional and social support for people with HIV.

A new training group will be run over two consecutive weekends in April – 5-6 and 12-13 – for those who can commit to five or more hours a week for six months.

We’ve had people stay on our books for more than 10 years because they find it so rewarding, Ankali coordinator John said.

Quite often clients require social support. This can take place by going to a movie together, going for a coffee, or doing an activity that you both enjoy.

You may find that your client does not always want to talk about major issues. Providing people with a break from talking about HIV can be a very important part of their support.

There is no single type of person best suited to this volunteer work. It can appeal to members of the gay and lesbian community who may know someone with HIV, or just want to give back to the community.

It can appeal to nursing students wanting extra opportunities to practice human interaction skills.

The Ankali Project also offers support and feedback to its volunteers.

info: To contact the coordinator to attend the training sessions next month call 9332 9742 during business hours.

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