Dosti is a culturally appropriate and confidential volunteer visiting service.  Dosti volunteer will visit elders who live alone and are house bound or socially isolated from community either due to ill health, age, mobility or other issues. This service is for clients aged 60 years and above and who would benefit having a friend to chat with every week.


A visitor is a trained volunteer who cares about the well-being of an older person and has undertaken to regularly visit the elderly in her/his house or aged home once a week. Some of the values encouraged are love, respect, caring, patience, empathy, etc.


  • Enhance the well-being and quality of life for an older person
  • Provide befriending service to lonely seniors.
  • Reduces loneliness and social isolation
  • Increases social participation for older people
  • Establish a friendship between an older person and a volunteer
  • Reduce generation gap
  • Identify issues of elder abuse and neglect.
  • Training and on-going supervision for volunteers

Social isolation is a growing issue in the Indian and South Asian senior population. People who are socially isolated don’t always have the support from friends, family and the wider community.

Due to lack of awareness of NZ systems, language and transport difficulties etc., some seniors are not able to integrate into the community and become lonely and housebound. This results in physical, mental health problems or places them at higher risk of elder abuse and neglect.

Through this project we aim to decrease the level of isolation and loneliness for older people living in the community and strive to create a society where people can age positively, where older people are highly valued and recognised as an integral part of communities.

If you want to access this service or become a volunteer please contact us.


Verona Sequeira, Dosti Project Coordinator Mob: 0212592114

Nilma Venkat, Project Manager

Shanti Niwas Centre: 14 Spring Street, Onehunga, Auckland.

09 6221010 (office)