Helping hands, knowing smiles and a life well lived. Come on a journey with us, and let us show you what In Great Company is all about.
Read our stories and share the experiences of real people living their lives to the fullest.
The significance of deep friendships in combating loneliness, and the hurdles men face in forming and maintaining these connections.
Sometimes, the most beautiful stories begin with a simple radio broadcast. In Tony’s case, his life took a heart-warming turn when he heard about In Great Company’s volunteer program on his local ABC Radio breakfast show. His connection with Jasmine, a volunteer who visits him every fortnight, has blossomed into a story of new adventures and companionship.
Meet one of the latest additions to our team, Tammy, an active 4WD adventure enthusiast whose family is her top priority. In this interview, Tammy shares her personal and professional journey, highlighting the satisfaction she finds in making a difference in the lives of lonely seniors.
The story of Fred and Keith, an unlikely friendship nurtured through the In Great Company program. Keith, a retiree seeking purpose, discovered it in volunteering. Now, he meets weekly with Fred for their down-to-earth, blokey conversations that have unexpectedly enriched both of their lives.
Kieran describes a special connection with Ian, an ailing senior confined to his bed, and how they find solace in the meaningful yet straightforward activities that provide them with a deep sense of fulfilment and appreciation.
Introducing Wayne, a former mechanical engineer who discovered his passion for volunteering with seniors while staying briefly at a cancer lodge. It was during this time that he forged meaningful connections with patients who would inspire him to give back and change his world.
Ness’s connection with Valerie has blossomed into a special friendship, filled with shared passions, laughter, and heartwarming gestures. Through their friendship, Ness exemplifies the transformative power of empathy and human connection.
Through their shared passion for sewing and heartfelt conversations, Debbie and her 85-year-old friend, Ruth, have woven a special bond that brightens both their days, proving that simple acts of kindness can bridge generations and stitch hearts together.
Introducing Sonia, a recent addition to our team, who brings her passion for family, travel, and house renovations to our mission. She now helps us in uniting lonely or isolated seniors with volunteers, fostering friendships that take them on unique and memorable paths.
In Great Company operates under the support of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. In response to the recommendation from the Royal Commission, the Department has implemented a series of changes.
John, a successful businessman living with cerebral palsy, faced a challenging turn in his life found himself isolated and alone. With the support of his friend and the In Great Company volunteer program, he has regained a sense of renewed connection to the world.
Del didn’t think she needed a friendly visitor – until she met the Lewellyn family. They’ve bonded over country living in the Darling Downs region, and now treasure their time together sharing stories over morning tea. Find out more about how they came to meet, and how Del has made the family feel complete again.
In Great Company has been receiving incredible interest from local TV news and radio shows. Check out our recent coverage on Channel 9 and the ABC featuring some of our wonderful clients, volunteers and Volunteer Coordinators.
With three grown-up children, Judi found herself with a few too many blank spaces on her schedule. In Great Company has filled the void perfectly. In her chat with us, Judi gives us great insights into what she loves about giving back to the community, and about the small things that have the biggest impact.
Lachlan was looking for a way to get out more and meet new people – as even in his age group, loneliness is extremely common. Over the last two years, he’s developed an amazing friendship with Reg and his wife, Glenyse, and loves hearing stories of what life used to be like.
Timmity is a Volunteer Coordinator with In Great Company, and is passionate about the power of social connection allowing older people to live their best lives. Find out more about Timmity and what she loves about her role and In Great Company, plus more about her hobbies and interests outside work.
Maybe you’ve been volunteering for awhile and you’ve run out of ideas – or maybe you’re new to In Great Company and would love some inspiration. Here are 25 ideas that could be perfect for your next activity with a senior, especially if you’re both looking to learn, grow and have fun at the same time.
Shirley was feeling lonely after losing her late husband Ernie. Thankfully, volunteer Nick has put a smile on her face with his unique ideas for getting out and about. From surprise fishing to art gallery expeditions and swimming, here’s what Shirley has been up to – and what she loves about In Great Company.
Nick saw an ad calling for volunteers. He clicked on it, and the rest is history. With such an interesting life story behind him, he loves spending time with Shirley as they talk about their lives and interests. Read more about what inspires Nick, and his wise words for other volunteers.
As a business owner and mum to two beautiful girls, Chantelle is a busy person – but not too busy to regularly volunteer her time with In Great Company. Find out what drove her to begin volunteering in her community, and what she loves about her time with her new friend June.
Lisa is a Volunteer Coordinator with In Great Company, and is passionate about making a difference to the lives of older Australians. Find out more about Lisa and what she loves about her role, as well as what she enjoys doing in her spare time.