Community visitors – friends for older people

WITH busy lives, it can be hard to find the time to give back to others.

But the rewards of volunteering are significant and when given the opportunity, people from all walks of life can benefit from making a real difference in their community.

The right match can also help you meet people, gain confidence, learn new skills, connect to your community and even reduce stress.

The Lifeline Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) enriches the quality of life of older people living in aged care homes and the community who may be socially isolated or lonely.

The program is currently recruiting volunteers to help provide friendship, companionships and support to Tasmanians who need it most.

Volunteers who sign up to the program may choose one of the following streams:

Visiting an elderly person living in their own home who is a recipient of a Home Care Package.

Group Visits – visiting two or more aged care residents and undertaking activities such as board games, gardening, reading, music or simply chatting over a cup of tea.

Visiting an elderly person living in an aged care home.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the Lifeline CVS, or if you know someone who might appreciate a visitor, contact Lib Cooper on 6282 1515 or lib.cooper@lifelinetasmania.org.au or Sally Steffan on 6282 1557 or cvs@lifelinetasmania.org.au

Caption: Lifeline Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) coordinators Lib Cooper, left, and Sally Steffan promoting the program at the Health and Wellbeing Expo at New Norfolk.