Volunteer your skills, life experiences, time and expertise to help us achieve our goal of a community where the rights of people are supported and respected.
We are looking for volunteers to join our Community Visitors Scheme (CVS), our formal volunteering program!
What is the Community Visitors Scheme?
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is a national program funded by the Australian Government.
The CVS aims to connect one-to-one volunteers with older people who are socially isolated and/or lonely, and whose quality of life would be improved by positive engagement and companionship.
The Role of a CVS Volunteer
Supporting someone who is isolated or lonely can make a great difference. CVS Volunteers provide companionship to older people who live in their own home or in a residential aged care facility.
The companionship aims to enrich the well-being and quality of life for those who are socially isolated, or at risk of social isolation or loneliness.
I love it, having a visitor makes me feel less lonely, we get along like a house on fire.
What Does a Community Visitor Do?
Volunteering as a community visitor can be a rewarding experience.
Our CVS Volunteers support older people who live in their own home or in a residential aged care facility in a number of ways:
- Capturing their stories and significant moments via photos, written and/or oral stories
- Talking and reminiscing
- Working on a hobby or activity together
- Taking a walk in the garden
- Reading and listening to music together
- Writing letters and emails
- Talking on the phone.
CVS Volunteers are paired with older people based on shared interests. We also endeavour to match you with someone who lives close to your home.
What difference can I make?
Supporting someone who is isolated or lonely can make a great difference to their lives.
Sharing stories and providing companionship can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It is also an opportunity for people to pass on their stories to family or loved ones.
What (the CVS) has given me is that sense that I’ve actually made a difference to one person’s life.
How has COVID-19 impacted on the CVS program?
Due to COVID-19, our CVS volunteers can’t visit people at the moment, however we’ve been looking at other innovative ways to stay in touch with people at such a critical time.
What better way to stay in touch with someone at the moment than by becoming a pen pal, or providing phone and/or video support.
Lend a hand to help combat the social isolation of older people over the coming few months by writing and talking to older people living in residential aged care facilities.
How do I get involved?
If you are interested in volunteering with Advocare please complete the below Expressions of Interest Form and we will be in touch with more information about our volunteer program.
If you would like to speak to our Volunteer Coordinator at Advocare please:
Call us – (08) 9479 7566 or
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org