The Ankali Project

The Ankali Project trains and supports volunteers who then provide emotional and social support to people living with HIV.

Many people living with HIV in Sydney are dealing with issues related to having HIV and also issues that arise as a result of social isolation, mental health challenges and the use of alcohol or other drugs.

Volunteers are matched on a one to one basis with a client initially for a period of 6 months. Volunteers provide up to 5 hours of support each week or fortnight depending on the needs of the client and the availability of the volunteer.

Being an Ankali volunteer is a journey full of surprises. There have been moments of intimacy and times of frustration and everything in between. My most important discovery was that just being there was not enough. I had to earn my client’s trust. This journey has enriched my life.