The Community Visitors' Scheme (CVS) matches community volunteers with residents of aged care facilities locally. This program is designed to provide social inclusion for persons in institutional care. CVS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing.
Volunteers visit residents of Aged Care Facilities who may be lonely or isolated by:
Community visitors are asked to set aside some time every fortnight to visit someone either in an aged care facility, or a resident in their own home receiving help with a Home Care Package. Depending on the community visitor and the resident visited, this time may be spent sharing thoughts, talking about day-to-day activities, walking in the garden, or on an outing to a coffee shop, park…or anyone of a number of activities. Visitors could also run a small group at a aged care facility, such as a reading group, pet therapy group, or music group.
The visits are an important link between residents and the wider community and help an older or disabled person enjoy life to its full potential.
The Community Visitor is rewarded through sharing of a resident’s rich and interesting life. Many lasting friendships develop between residents and visitors. Volunteers receive training and are invited to meet other volunteers at our various KNC gatherings.
As far as possible visitors are matched with residents, taking into account shared interests, hobbies, backgrounds and life experiences.
Training prior to matching is provided to improve the awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of residents in aged care facilities.
A volunteer community visitor accompanied by her ‘Dog de Bordeaux’, visiting resident at Morven Gardens.
It was established in 1993 to improve the quality of life of older people living in residential aged care facilities.
The Community Visitors’ Scheme (CVS) is an Australian Government initiative which aims to enhance the rights of older people living in residential aged-care facilities.
CVS Co-ordinator: Felicity Tonks. If you would like to know more about the Community Visitors’ Scheme,would like to become a visitor or know of a resident in a participating aged-care facility who would appreciate a visitor please contact:
Phone: 4782 1117
or use this form to contact Felicity:
Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre
8 Station Street, Katoomba.
Open from 9.00am - 12.30pm then 1.30pm - 5.00pm Monday to Friday