Our Community Visitor’s Scheme (CVS) supports vulnerable and isolated people by matching dedicated volunteers with consideration given to diverse languages, cultures, ethnicity and interests. Last financial year our volunteers provided 2,163 connections through phone calls, face-to-face, digital connection and written communication
People in Victoria reported the highest level of loneliness 32.6% followed by NSW 14.6% and the rest of Australia at12.5%
One in two (50.5%) Australians feel lonely for at least: one day in a week, while one in four (27.6%) feel lonely for three or more days. Which means, nearly 55% of the population feel they lack companionship.
Last Thursday, SMRC celebrated the 30th anniversary of CVS with our fun-loving volunteers! We enjoyed the tasty food of Afghan Rahimi Restaurant, dancers, singers and magicians from TW Musix and games that got the whole room up on their feet!
The friendship and connection that volunteers provide in the local community serves as a reminder that they can make someone’s day with a simple smile filled with compassion and empathy.