Friends for older people
What is the CVS program?
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is a Commonwealth funded program through Department of Health.
CVS aims to enrich the quality of life of residents in aged care facilities and people with a home care package living in their own homes who are socially isolated or lonely and whose lives would be enriched with a community visitor.
What are the requirements?
Community volunteer visitors are required to visit an older person in their home, at least once a fortnight. Visits involve doing something you both would enjoy eg. chatting & reminiscing, playing a game of cards, reading, listening to music, enjoy a cup of tea, or taking a short walk together (depending on the health and mobility).
There are some administration requirements involved in becoming a community visitor, including volunteers must undergo a national criminal record check to access suitability to be a volunteer.
Feedback and Further Information:
CVS visitors often comment how much enjoyment they themselves receive from their regular visiting, building relationships and the enrichment of their lives through CVS volunteering.
Or for more information refer to the brochure below.
Community Visitors Scheme Flyer
You can also watch a 30 minute video about the CVS which provides a description of the CVS and illustrates the value and benefits derived from the CVS program: CVS Video
Connecting Community Services can organise volunteer visitors to visit people living in their own home in Dubbo who are on a home care package. This is a free volunteer program.
We do not hold an agreement for visiting people in residential facilities. If you would like to arrange a visitor at an aged care facility please contact the facility itself or the CVS Network Member. www.health.gov.au/contacts/community-visitors-scheme-cvs-network-member-act-nsw-vic