Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme
The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) is an on-going social support program providing companionship to those living in a Residential Aged Care Facility or those waiting or approved for a Home Care Package
This Program supports vulnerable and socially isolated individuals through on-going weekly or fortnightly visits from our culturally and linguistically diverse volunteers. The Program provides group support or one-on-one companionship.
The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme aims to provide:
- Connection to cultural community
- Increased independence, which leads to improved self-esteem and self-confidence
- Enhanced enjoyment when living at home or within an aged-care facility
- Enhanced quality of life.
Each individual is matched with an SMRC volunteer, with consideration given for language, culture, ethnicity, interests and experience. The Program is free and is provided weekly or fortnightly via face-to-face visits in the home, phone/video calling, delivery of greeting cards, email or digital communication.
The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Health and Aged Care.
Read the heart-warming stories of volunteer visitors and older people across organisations in ACT. NSW and VIC under the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (previously known as Community Visitors Scheme).