Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) Riverina Community College

Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS)

Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS)

The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) is funded by the Australian Government and plays a vital role in providing companionship for older people who are isolated in their own homes or in aged care homes.

ACVVS is a two-way program designed to add to the quality of life of a resident and enhance feelings through community involvement. Having a community visitor can increase the self-esteem and general wellbeing of recipients.

With as little a one hour a fortnight, volunteers can make a world of difference in someone’s life. Becoming a community visitor and befriending a resident can be both fun and rewarding for both of you.

Eligible recipients must reside in an Australian Government aged care home, be receiving (or waitlisted) for a home care package

What does an aged care volunteer visitor do?

• Share life stories
• Share a hobby, interest, or activity
• Have a cuppa and a chat
• Read or listen to a book or the newspaper
• Take a walk or go on an outing
• Enjoy watching a TV Show or movie together
• Take a family pet or children to visit
• Phone calls /Video calls.

Riverina Community College is operating the ACVVS program with volunteers visiting elderly recipients living in Wagga Wagga and surrounding areas.

The aims of the ACVVS program:

• Improve the quality of life of the care recipient
• Increase self-esteem and wellbeing
• Reduce the feelings of anxiety and depression
• Reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation
• Increase the feelings of connectivity to the community.

How do we support our Volunteer Visitors?

Volunteer visitors are the backbone of this program. Riverina Community College values our visitors and provides induction training and ongoing support. We provide information and opportunities for optional training and social interaction between volunteers.

Riverina Community College is looking for volunteer community visitors who can provide as little as one hour a fortnight to visit a resident who may be at risk of experiencing isolation due to family, social, cultural reasons, or a disability. Now more than ever we need your help to keep in touch with our elderly recipients.

To learn more about this wonderful volunteering scheme please

Phone: 02-6933 5555


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