Friends For Older People - Community Visitors Scheme
What is the Community Visitors Scheme?
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is a national program funded by the Commonwealth Government. The CVS aims to enrich the quality of life of socially isolated residents of Aged Care Facilities who are lonely and would benefit from a friendly visitor. Volunteering Central Coast has participated in the CVS program since 1993.
What do Community Visitors Do?
As a community visitor, you need to commit to visiting your resident friend at least once a fortnight. Visits will be spent doing something you both enjoy - you might want to read, listen to music, chat and reminisce, or watch a favourite TV program together. You may want to go for a walk together or have an outing, The activities you undertake will depend on the health of the resident.
Sharing your time and your interests for just one hour a fortnight will be rewarded with the satisfaction of enhancing their quality of life and perhaps yours too! Community visitors are matched with residents by the CVS Co-ordinator who supports you and helps you to adapt to your role as a community visitor. The CVS offers you training and support in understanding the needs of your new friend.
Matches are made taking into account your interests, background, location and when you are available to visit. Most community visitors find that they enjoy the friendship as much as the resident does, and that the relationship is both positive and rewarding.
The Community Visitors Scheme is an Australian Government Initiative.