STAR Friends

STAR Friends is a free service providing quality social connections for those on a Home Care Package or on the national waitlist for a Home Care Package.

If you or someone you know, would enjoy seeing a friendly visitor once a fortnight who will come to your home and spend quality time with you, please reach out to STAR. 

Your STAR Friend will be matched with you based on your interests and hobbies. 

You can choose to simply enjoy a cuppa and chat, or

  • go for a walk or an outing in the community
  • play games together such as chess, cards
  • do arts and crafts
  • rekindle hobbies
  • play or listen to music, connect with your friends and family, using technology, and more! 

The service is available in Toowoomba, Darling Downs, Ipswich & West Moreton,Brisbane South / Redlands, and Logan. 

Meet STAR Friends Chris and Liz: 

Chris and Liz are often out and about on Thursdays, exploring a new international cuisine together.
Their newfound friendship started when Chris joined the newly launched STAR Friends Program.
“I was seeking a connection to the outside world. I used to travel a lot and enjoyed exploring diverse
cultures and foods. Thanks to STAR Friends, I can do all of that again. What’s even better is that I get
to do that with a friend!”

Liz is a STAR Friends volunteer. “Chris and I have so much in common. I always go home on a high on Thursdays. I am so happy that I found this volunteer role. After a lifetime of office work, this is so much more rewarding.”

Sign up for the STAR Friends Service 

If you are a home care package client or are on the wait list for home care package,please call Jessy Byrnes at STAR on 3821 6699 or email 

This is a free service funded by the Australian Government under the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS). 

Become a STAR Friends Volunteer

Do you have a spare 1 hour per fortnight to visit a new friend? Bring your volunteer sparkle and make a difference.

You can help an older person feel more connected, valued and improve their quality of life simply through your friendship visits.

Get more information on becoming a STAR Friends volunteer.