friendly visiting

The Friendly Visiting Program is for:

  • Older and frail people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background who are living in their own home, and socially isolated.
  • People with disabilities from a culturally and linguistically diverse background who are socially isolated

Clients are matched with a volunteer who meets their language and cultural needs as well as being matched according to gender and age preferences.

Volunteers visit to provide companionship to the client. This may include having a chat, reading the newspaper together, accessing social or recreational activities, providing occasional transport assistance, or telephone monitoring.

Volunteers visit generally either on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

As part of our 2021 program, SMRC partnered with several clients, and worked together to create the “Life Beyond the Sea” storybook. This book detailed the lives of the people inside, as they migrated to Australia to build a different life together. To read this fantastic piece, DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

All of our volunteers have a police check, Working with Children check and have received induction training and continue to receive support and training on a regular basis.

Part of the Commonwealth Home Support Program which is funded through the Department of Social Services and Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact Person:

Krishani Dassanayake
Social Support Program Coordinator
(03) 9767 1900
0434 133 610
krishanid@smrc.org.au