Guarding over the elderly and sick
Guardian Angels are a group of eager volunteers that have got together to help the elderly / sick in their communities.
We are proud to have a few male volunteers which is great company for our grandpa’s that need a visitor. We have numerous full time working volunteers that are willing to devote time after work or weekends to touch someone’s life – so it can be done !
Volunteers are required to make contact with their allocated elderly at least once a week. We offer companionship mainly and ask that you pop in for tea and just a chat. We mainly focus on those living in their own residential homes.
After you have established a friendship the volunteer is able to assist with transporting their allocated person/s to any appointments, whether to the hairdresser or the local clinic / doctor. This service is done once a week as we understand volunteers also have other things to do / some work full time / some have kids at home. An indemnity form is completed to protect the volunteer in case of an accident, and this is kept by all branch secretaries.
You can also assist by offering us your gifts / talents – in the form of musicians joining us, craft ladies, photographers for our parties, sms angels, or become a hospital angel.. who visit our elderly in hospital
It is compulsory for volunteers to meet monthly to discuss a way forward, plan events and fund raising projects. Volunteers not attending meetings and sending no apologies will be taken off our list. Each volunteer group is guided by an appointed Co-ordinator, and is assisted by a secretary and treasurer (who runs the office 1 July – 30 June). Nominations of new committee members take place at the May / June meetings - to take office 1 July.
None of our volunteers or committee members are compensated for this service, - but do it purely for the love and passion for our senior citizens.
VOLUNTEER MEETING DATES IN THESE AREA'S, see branch info for contact no's
Nelspruit 12 June
Sabie 12 June
Pretoria Moot 14 June
Pretoria Moot 12 July
Our main focus is on helping the elderly located in their own residential homes. Each town’s committee will decide where they feel is the greater need. Some towns play bingo once a week – but that suits the area.
Amongst visiting, we entertain, and do fund raisers. So depending on the town – the branch will adapt to that area – within reasonable limits and keeping to our objectives. The elderly register with us and complete our “I need an angel form” and also sign our indemnity form for future. Families are encouraged to know the cell number of the allocated volunteer in case of emergencies and also to discuss anything of concern.
Volunteers are mostly allocated by taking in consideration things like language, race, area they live etc. Time is taken to allocate the right volunteer to the right elderly – this can sometimes take 3 - 4 months. So don’t feel like we have forgotten about you.
Guardian Angels are known as a dynamic volunteer group – where you don’t sit around and wait for things to happen but we MAKE things happen. So if you a go-getter we need you! Your town needs you !
We have spread tremendously since starting on 15 January 2010, in Nelspruit –which is our biggest branch. In our first two months our volunteers grew from 14 to 78 volunteers.
We were nominated for the Community Service Award by LCBT, Nelspruit in October 2010 at their Annual Awards Ceremony. As a runner up we were awarded R10 000 in recognition of our work.
Our article appeared in the October 2010 edition of JOY magazine, explaining how we started.
Celebrating our 1 year birthday (15 Jan 2010) we had a grand opening of our Head Office, just outside Nelspruit Mpumalanga and our Charity Shop.
In September 2011 we won the Local Hereo's competition thru Nedbank, Nelspruit and was awarded R10 000.
On Tuesday 17 April 2012 we opened our first Elderly Day Centre in a rural area outside Nelspruit, in Daantjie.
We have a long list of supporters in Nelspruit. All our office furniture, photo copier, printers, white boards, donation bins, shelving and chairs were donated by business’s in Nelspruit. Companies have selected us as their Charity of the year to support. The SPAR group are our biggest fan and we are very grateful to this very generous business that assists us in most of our branches.
REGISTERED / FUNDS
We are a registered NPO and our Head Office is based in Rocky Drift, Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. Our National Co-ordinator & Office Assistant mans the office and is available in the mornings to answer any questions you might have. We also have a Charity Shop that we sell donated items from, these funds come into our National Account to help new branches, the elderly and it also assists with our running costs.
Our Auditor is in Nelspruit and checks on all our branches books. (All financials of branches are to reach Head Office by end April each year)
NEW AND EXISTING BRANCHES
If you have a soft spot for the elderly and wish to spread our wings to your town please email Marcel so you can register and receive further guidance and requirements. A committee consisting of the Co-ordinator, Treasurer and Secretary will need to be established once you have committed to this and before you get the ball rolling. We aim to have all towns committee’s run the office from 1 July to 30 June each year.
Kindly email Marcel for a list of registered branches with all their contact information.
CONTACT DETAILS OF OUR HEAD OFFICE
Guardian Angels Head Office & Charity Shop
P. O. Box 19395, Nelspruit, 1200
114 Dickon Hall Road, Rocky Drift, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga (Open Mon – Fri 8:00-12:30)
Office tel: 013 - 758 2040 / Marcel on 082 452 0940 (mornings only)
Fax: 086 512 2166
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Guardian Angels strive to be . . . .
Angelic and to
Nurture the elderly, with
Goodness. To treat all
Last updated –14 May 2012