An Australian Government Initiative
CONNECTING . SHARING . CELEBRATING LIFE
WHAT IS IT?
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) matches friendly volunteers to older people wanting social connection. Volunteer visitors bring a friendly and empathetic new face to share conversation, news, and friendship. Becoming a Community Visitor is a rewarding experience for both the visitor and the person they visit, with many a special friendship kindled through the program. If you would like to befriend an older person and share a chat for an hour or so each fortnight, consider becoming a CVS volunteer.
HOW DO I ARRAGE VISITS FOR SOMEONE I KNOW?
To be eligible for visits from a CVS volunteer a person must receive a Home Care Package or be waiting for one, or live in an aged-care residence. You may self-refer, or be referred to the program by someone who thinks you can benefit from regular visits, such as an aged-care provider, healthcare professional, a neighbour or family member.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I VISIT?
Once you are matched with an older person to visit once a fortnight, you can spend the time doing something you both enjoy. It may be:
The idea is to provide friendship, and reduce the time the older person spends alone. Each visit will bring new conversation and shared stories.
CAN I BE A COMMUNITY VISITOR?
To be a volunteer Community Visitor you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have access to transport
- Be available for one hour each fortnight
- Undergo an application and orientation process, and any required training
- Obtain police checks as directed
- Get a flu vaccination if visiting an aged-care residence
SIGN ME UP
To join the Community Visitors Scheme as a volunteer, or to find out more …
Call Sonja on 0419 866 385,
or visit www.lutherancare.org.au