Red Cross are in need of volunteers for the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS).
CVS is for residents of aged care facilities in the ACT and South East NSW region who are socially isolated and whose quality of life would be improved by friendship and companionship. Volunteers are matched with a client for social visits for about an hour every week or fortnight.
What sort of clients get referred to the Scheme?The clients that are referred to CVS live in a facility environment or aged care home. They have a variety of backgrounds and may have minimal or complex health issues. They may have limited or no mobility and may require mobility aids such as a wheelchair or walker frame. Some clients may have varying levels of dementia, intellectual disabilities or mental health issues. Some clients may only suffer from minor illnesses or general aging. It’s important to think about illnesses and/or disabilities or situations that you may not feel comfortable with when you’re considering volunteering.
When do visits take place?Visits occur for an hour a week or a fortnight at a time and on a day suitable to both the volunteer and the client. They can occur on a weekday or a weekend but it is important to consider that some people in care may have limited energy at certain times of the day such as in the evenings or afternoons.
This is a great volunteer opportunity for all people especially those needing some practical experience when completing studies in community and disability services. Red Cross offers lots of free and subsidised courses and training.
If you would like to volunteer or would like some more information please call 6234 7634 or email Volunteernow@redcross.org.au