Community Visitors Scheme

Community Visitors Scheme

Community Visitors Scheme

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) provides friendship and
companionship to isolated members of our ageing community.

Community Visitors enrich the lives of residents making them feel valued and connected within their local community through regular visits. Volunteering with the CVS program also benefits volunteers by broadening social groups and creating deeper connections amongst the community.

Our ageing residents have been identified as some of our most vulnerable community members. CVS Volunteers visit those who:

  • Do not have regular contact with friends or relatives
  • Whose quality of life could be enhanced by regular visitation
  • Who are socially isolated and lonely benefiting from additional contact

What is a CVS volunteer? A CVS volunteer visits and befriends an ageing community member either living in an aged care facility or their own residence.

Who can be a CVS volunteer? Our program seeks a diverse range of volunteers, of all genders, cultural backgrounds, ages and abilities who enjoy connecting with ageing members of the community. CVS volunteers must be over 18 years old.

How do CVS volunteers improve a person’s social connectedness?  The CVS program fills an important role by ensuring those socially isolated, in need of companionship and a friendly face, feel cared for and connected within their community.

Who can access the CVS?  The Community Visitors Scheme is available to recipients of Australian Government subsidised residential aged care services or Home Care Packages, including those on the waiting list, who have been identified by their aged care provider as at risk of isolation or loneliness. CVS visits are not available to recipients of Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

How is the visit spent? The time can be spent in a variety of ways such as working on a hobby together, having a cuppa and a chat or if the care recipient is able, they might go on a walk or outing together.

Keen to find out more and become a volunteer of the CVS or interested in being matched with a volunteer please call 1300 843 236

Read our May CVS Newsletter here.