Providing social opportunities for people living at home and receiving a Home Care Package, or living in Residential Care
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) provides support for older people living alone who have limited social connections.
Social support is provided by regular phone calls, letters, or virtual contact made by volunteers. CVS provides friendship and companionship by matching clients with volunteers who share similar interests and ideas. Time together can be spent in a variety of ways depending on what the person most enjoys, like a friendly chat, discussing a shared hobby or current affairs.
Volunteers are recruited under strict guidelines, undergo mandatory checks and receive ongoing training – click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer.
To be eligible, individuals need to live within the Northern Sydney and Hornsby region.
A Care Plan is developed with the client in relation to immediate support (for example: weekly phone calls by a friendly volunteer), while also focusing on long-term outcomes, such as increases in motivation, community connection, and improved health and wellbeing.
This is a no fee service.
Benefits can include:
- greater involvement in the local community
- increased sense of purpose and confidence
- increased feelings of independence
- feeling supported