The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is an initiative of the Department of Health which aims to address loneliness and isolation amongst aged care recipients by utilising volunteer visitors to meet with recipients on an ongoing basis to provide low-intensity and non-specialised companionship.
The CVS is extremely important as the Australian population ages. Many older Australian’s are living longer and in many cases become socially and/or physically isolated because of their geographic location or their family circumstance.
Would You Like To Have a Friendly Visit from a Volunteer - One Hour Each Week?
This is a wonderful opportunity for people who may live away from family or friends, have moved into residential care and may not be as social as they used to be.
These visits have proven to:
- Improve the quality of life for both the recipient and the volunteer
- Combats loneliness and isolation that is very common in nursing homes and residential homes of the older Australians
- Social interaction and engagement which is life changing for many
Volunteer Opportunities Available:
You may prefer to become a friendly visitor to someone. This is also a great way to meet like minded people, enjoy getting out and about and making new friends.
All you will need to do is:
- Sit down with the recipient, listen and discuss interests, hobbies etc.
- Make weekly visits – just one hour a week
- Complete a police check and induction
- Share your interests, experience or studies for matching with a recipient who shares similar
- Provide exceptional service, respect, kindness and be caring
- Provide companionship, friendship and conversation
- Personal assistance of the recipient is NOT required or permitted. For eg. Cleaning, personal care, nursing etc.