We thank everyone who has signed up for this program. We are no longer recruiting volunteers for this particular program. However, there are many other ways you can help people in aged care.
Community Visitors Scheme (CVS)
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) supports volunteers through a range of community volunteering organisations to form friendships with senior Australians, providing company and conversation to people who may not get a lot of other visitors. CVS is a national scheme, with visits available to anyone receiving government-subsidised residential aged care or Home Care Packages who are socially isolated or lonely.
If you or someone you know would like to be involved by receiving a visitor or volunteering, more information can be found on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.
The CVS Flyer is also available for downloading, printing or hard copies can be ordered free of charge at Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) Flyer. The flyer has also been translated into 63 languages and can be found at Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) Flyer (other languages) for printing or for order.
LGBTI older people Visitor Schemes
The ACON Community Visitor Scheme offers support, companionship and advice for older members of the LGBTQ community (50+) in the Sydney metropolitan area, including the Blue Mountains.
Volunteers receive training and make regular one-on-one visits to people in aged care homes or in the community where they chat over a cuppa, listen to music, watch a movie or participate in a hobby, game or other activity.
The national The CVS arranges volunteer visits to older people to provide friendship and companionship. Visits are available to anyone receiving government-subsidised residential aged care or Home Care Packages.
You can find more information about support and services available for LGBTI elders on LGBTIQ+ Australia.
Volunteering with Dementia Australia
There are many benefits of volunteering with Dementia Australia. You will:
· Be involved with the peak body for Dementia
· Develop new skills and gain new experiences
· Make new friends and be part of a team
· Feel a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction
· Gain a better understanding of dementia and the help available
· Help us to achieve our vision
Volunteers assist us to run events, raise funds, deliver local programs and build awareness in the community about dementia. You can choose what you get involved in, how often and at a location that suits you.