Create smiles by becoming a volunteer

Creating smiles from connections, by pairing volunteers with older people for company & social activities.

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is an initiative funded by the Australian Government. The aim is to pair trained volunteers with an older person for visits and company. To access our CVS Program, the older person will be living at home & receiving an Australian Government Home Care Package. Or have been assessed, approved and awaiting their package to come through.

Diversitat’s ‘Hola Amigo’ Visiting Program aims to reduce the feeling of isolation and loneliness for older people in the Geelong and surrounding areas; who are from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ older people, or people who may be financially or socially disadvantaged.

As a volunteer for this program, you will meet with your paired friend once a fortnight (minimum) for 20 visits, to provide social support. Activities such as conversation, coffee outings, gardening, card and board games, shopping trips, walks, are some ideas.

Upon engagement, volunteers must complete a Police Check (paid by Diversitat), Working with Children Check (volunteer – free), Disability Workers Exclusion Consent Form and attend orientation and any training as required.

Contact Jasmin Findlay at 5222 7275 or jasmin.findlay@diversitat.org.au for more information