The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme, funded by the Australian Government, plays a vital role in providing companionship for older people living in aged care homes or living in their own homes and receiving or waitlisted for a home care package.
We can arrange one on one or group visits for recipients in aged care homes and one on one visits for recipients living in their own homes. The visits are not limited to people living with multiple sclerosis.
There are many reasons that may give rise to a feeling of isolation such as:
Below are some suggestions of activities a volunteer visitor may share with their recipient:
If you know someone who would benefit from the companionship of a volunteer visitor, you can refer them to us by filling out the online form below. Alternatively, you can download it and send it to [email protected] and we'll be in touch.
We take referrals from:
The visitor will be recruited and matched based on shared interests. You will be kept up to date with the progress and once the visitor has been onboarded (interviewed, screened and completed training), they will be ready to be matched.
The Program Coordinator will attend the first meeting between the recipient and visitor and will keep in regular contact with the visitor to ensure everything is going well.
We are funded by the Commonwealth Government to manage our visitors; therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that the visitor is screened and trained. All you need to do is ensure you make the visitor feel welcome and notify them of significant issues e.g. lock down, illness or death.
We recruit volunteer visitors for people in aged care homes or living in their own homes and receiving or waitlisted for a home care package, including:
Our visitors are the backbone of this program. We value our visitors and provide induction training and ongoing support, information and opportunities for optional training.
Find out more about volunteering for the ACVVS.