Community Visitors Scheme
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) promotes healthy ageing and helps in reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness to a care recipient, resident or group.
The CVS is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health that aims to enrich the quality of life for residents living within residential aged care facilities or care recipients who are in receipt of a Commonwealth Home Care Package who are living on their own.
Residents and care recipients are carefully matched to a volunteer visitor who has similar interests that they both enjoy, this can include:
- Watching TV
- Reading a book/newspaper
- Morning tea with coffee and cake
- Playing a musical instrument
- Listening to the radio
- Playing a board game
- Going for a walk
- Group sessions depending on the health of your eldering friend
- And so much more
If volunteers prefer to be a part of a group setting, we can cater for that too. In a group setting a volunteer will befriend 2 or more residents within a residential aged care facility and activities can include:
- Carpet bowls
- Singing or pantomimes
- Reading groups
Aged Care Recipients come from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds, and volunteer visitors from all backgrounds are welcome.
Community Visitor Scheme Volunteers
Many of our volunteers participate in the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) to promote healthy ageing and help in reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness to a care recipient, resident or group.
As a community visitor, you make a commitment to share your time, visit regularly and build a friendship to provide a sense of purpose and belonging. Residents and care recipients are carefully matched to a volunteer visitor who has similar interests so that the friendship can grow and the connection engaging and positive. We welcome everyone from all social and cultural backgrounds.
Frequently Asked Questions
The CVS is a National Government Funded Program by the Department of Health which aims to enrich the quality of life of older people living in residential home care or care recipients in receipt of a Commonwealth Home Care Package who are living in their own homes that have been identified as being lonely or socially isolated.
Linked Community Services has a dedicated Community Visitors Scheme Coordinator, Christie Korvemaa.
People living in residential home care or care recipients in receipt of a Commonwealth Home Care Package who are living in their own homes that have been identified as being lonely or socially isolated.
The volunteer visitor plays a vital role in improving the quality of life of the resident or care recipient through ongoing companionship and friendship to ensure they feel socially connected to their community and have a sense of purpose and belonging.
The volunteer visitor is required to visit once a fortnight but are encouraged to visit weekly.
Volunteering within the CVS is a rewarding experience. By befriending an older person, volunteer visitors have a chance to make a positive difference to the residents and care recipients lives – as well as their own.
Please contact us today to find out more information.