Become a Community Visitor

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Certificate III in Individual Support Wangaratta Broadford Horsham Benalla

The Centre for Continuing Education presents many exciting volunteering opportunities. One of these is the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) social support program for residents experiencing isolation and loneliness.

Social isolation is an ever-increasing challenge in our communities due to factors such as the death of a partner, living alone or a move to a new location. Providing greater opportunities for older people to participate meaningfully in community life is considered to be essential in overcoming this isolation.

CVS matches volunteers with a resident for a regular visit of an hour a fortnight to provide conversation, friendship and companionship. This can involve a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, reading the paper, playing board games or cards, discussing mutual interests or enjoying a wander around the garden. It may also include an occasional outing down the street to a café, a walk in a local park or a drive around the local area. For the resident this can keep them in touch with outside interests, news and happenings in their local area. Benefits to the resident can be reducing their feelings of loneliness and isolation by making them feel cared for and valued.

CVS is a free program for residents of a Government subsidised Aged Care Facility.

Community Visitors Scheme WangarattaWould you like to become one of our special volunteers?
Becoming a CVS volunteer allows you the opportunity to use your life skills of listening, talking and sharing to brighten up someone else’s life. This helps the resident feel cared for and valued and can be the start of a rewarding long-term connection.

 

For further information about becoming a CVS volunteer, please contact Scott Landells:
• phone (03) 5721 0255
• email scott.landells@thecentre.vic.edu.au