THE Lifeline Tasmania Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is calling on people who would like to provide friendship, comfort and support to older people in the community.
This rewarding program sees volunteers participate in “one-to-one” and group visits in age care homes across southern Tasmania.
During a group visit, volunteers will spend time with two or more residents and participate in activities including a book club, gardening, walking, crosswords, singing or just talking.
Katherina Fraser, who has been a CVS volunteer since 2009, said she joined the initiative because she wanted to give something back to the community and make a small but positive impact on someone’s life.
“I knew that I could easily be a friend to someone who was lonely and needed a friendly ear,” she said.
The CVS coordinator introduced me to Shirley who I have been visiting ever since.
“I have been so lucky to have been able to share some amazing highlights of my life with Shirley, including an engagement and most recently, the birth of my first baby, Millie Sunshine.
“It has been so beautiful to see the excitement on Shirley’s face when Millie and I now go and visit her.”
Ms Fraser said the program’s benefits had worked “both ways”.
“I also now have a friend and comforting ear in Shirley,” she said.
“I no longer see myself as a CVS visitor to Shirley but her friend, visiting because I want to see her and share with her what I have been doing.
“It’s a way for me to bring a little ray of sunshine into her life each week.”
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Lifeline Community Visitors Scheme, contact Sally Steffan on telephone 6282 1557 or email email@example.com for one-to-one visits or Lib Cooper on telephone 6282 1515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for group visits
The Lifeline Tasmania Community Visitors Scheme is an initiative of the Australian Government.
Caption: Lifeline is looking for volunteers to provide companionship and friendship to residents of aged care facilities or older people living in their own homes.