What is a WayFairer?
If you want to get involved in the community or volunteer at a community club or group, you could be a WayFairer. WayFairers are people, 50 years or older who we create opportunities to use their experience, skills, passions and interests to give back to the community in which they live.
Expression of Interest
To be involved in the WayFairer Project, please fill out the Expression (EOI) of Interest by clicking the button below. Once you have completed the EOI, please send the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The WayFairer Project EOI“.
If you would like any additional information or wish to speak with someone, please call 08 9443 7226.
This framework delivers significant outcomes for people which include:
- Mental and physical stimulation
- Social connection
- Sense of belonging
- Sense of contribution
For the broader community, this frameworks results in:
- Addressing real community gaps
- Improvements in social connectedness
- Increase in community safety
- Significant economic returns
- Decrease in social isolation
- Increased sense of community pride and community satisfaction
“Hi, my name is Derek Bond and when I was in my final year of employment at ECU, I had the good fortune to attend a ‘retirement planning’ seminar that was conducted by Andrew Kikeros from Life Time Wise. The focus of the workshop was to help individuals understand the role in which paid work has shaped their identity and how to replace the intrinsic benefits of paid work (purpose, meaning, connection) with life after they leave.
In the afternoon session there were various invited guest speakers and one of them was Denver D’Cruz from Inclusion Solutions. I was very impressed with the philosophy of the organization – ‘enriching communities through social inclusion’ – and what Denver had to say. I requested and retained Denver’s business card and when I retired, I contacted Inclusion Solutions to see if there were any volunteer positions.
I was made very welcome and valued. Following a consultation with Inclusion Solutions, where they got to know me, the process of volunteering commenced with ease. I was tasked with researching individual case studies (people who wanted advice for recreational possibilities to suit their individual needs), and assisting on a larger/macro level with researching and creating data bases that was relevant to the overall work/mission of Inclusion Solutions. These roles were specifically of interest to me and aligned well with my skills in research and information gathering.
The work was challenging (learning to use different Search Engines for the research side), and very fulfilling knowing that I was playing a role in helping people across WA be ‘socially included’. What was ideal for me and my personal situation, was that I could do the work in my own time as I was not bound to set hours and I could carry out the tasks from anywhere. My wife and I split our time between Perth and Sweden each year and this role made it feasible for me to stay connected and have purpose even whilst away in Sweden.
I can sincerely recommend the notion of personalised and skill-related volunteer work – it is a way of ‘giving back’ and it certainly helped me significantly in the initial stages of my retirement. I am very pleased and grateful for the opportunities that were given to me – and appreciate the wonderful support of the entire team!”
– Derek Bond, Volunteer