Volunteer visitors

NATIONAL Volunteer Week, this week, is a good opportunity for people to see how they can put something back into the community.

From helping people in need to helping the environment, there are many areas people can give of their time.

One such program is the Community Visitors Scheme, which matches volunteers to aged care home residents.

Program co-ordinator Pam Gottschalk said residents in the program were identified has having the potential to be isolated or lonely.

Volunteers have one-on-one time with residents either at the facility or outside. It can be as simple has having a chat or going out shopping or fishing.

“Sometimes residents come from their own home reluctantly, they just become withdrawn and won’t mix with other residents,” she said.

“With others, they have families, who are the only people who come to visit them and they’d like more community contact.”

Ms Gootschalk said it was about spending quality time with a resident.

“It’s not a big commitment, as long as a volunteer can do two visits a month, although most visit once a week,” she said.

“It’s a feel good thing to do.”

“They just want to put back into the community.”

Volunteers are briefed and can attend workshops.

Volunteers are needed for aged care facilities in Sale, Maffra and Heyfield.

To volunteer for the Community Visitors Scheme phone Pam Gottschalk on 5152 6861 or 0438 516 469 or visit www.communityvisitorsscheme.org.au