Community Visitor Scheme

What is the Community Visitor Scheme?

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is an initiative of the Department of Health. It aims to address loneliness and isolation among Home Care Packaged recipients and Residential Aged Care recipients.  Volunteer visitors will meet with recipients on an ongoing basis to provide low-intensity and non-specialised companionship.

The CVS is extremely important as the Australian population ages. Many older Australian’s are living longer and in many cases become socially and, or physically isolated because of their geographic location or their family circumstance.

Volunteer to be a Community Visitor

What is required?

  • Sit down with the recipient, listen and discuss their interests and hobbies.
  • Weekly visits, just one hour a week.
  • Police checks and induction included and compulsory.
  • Your interests, experience or studies can be matched with a recipient who shares similar.
  • Reporting on all outcomes is essential.
  • Providing exceptional service, respect, kindness and caring is required.
  • Personal assistance of the recipient is NOT required or permitted. This includes cleaning, personal care, nursing and so on. 
photo showing an older lady and a younger lady both having a cup of tea. they are on a couch and smiling at each other

Become a Community Visitor Recipient

CVS Provides Endless Benefits to Older Australians, Including:

  • Improving the quality of life for the recipient and the volunteer on many levels.
  • Combats loneliness and isolation that is very common in nursing homes and residential homes of the older Australians.
  • Social interaction and engagement which is life changing for many.

VGC will recruit, support and engage volunteers. We will collaborate with the volunteers on how and when to meet with the recipients.

Do you know someone who would benefit from the Community Visitor Scheme? Contact us today to find out how to become a Community Visitor Recipient.

Is There a Cost?

This is a Government Funded initiative . There is no cost for this service.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Older Australian’s who are at risk of loneliness and isolation.
  • Older Australians with cultural loneliness

Who Can Refer?

  • Aged care providers
  • Nursing Homes
  • Medical Centres
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare workers
  • Homecare workers
  • Family members
  • Friends
  • An individual

Refer Yourself or Someone Else to the CVS

Fill in the form below to make a referral or express interest in the Community Visitor Scheme:

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