Hands up to help el­derly

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Southcare Kewdale - VICKI MOR­RELL

AS more se­nior cit­i­zens are sup­ported to stay liv­ing in their homes for longer, Southcare will ap­ply and pay for po­lice clear­ances for peo­ple who vol­un­teer for the Com­mu­nity Vis­i­tors Scheme (CVS).

The scheme now in­cludes older peo­ple who live in their own home with the support of a Gov­ern­ment Home Care Pack­age and means those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness can en­joy reg­u­lar vis­its from a vol­un­teer com­pan­ion.

Southcare co-or­di­nates CVS vol­un­teers to visit qual­i­fied peo­ple in the south­east metro- poli­tan area, and vol­un­teer po­si­tions are ad­ver­tised at www.vol­un­teer­ingwa.org.au.

Southcare can field emails and phone calls from in­ter­ested peo­ple.

Busy life­styles of­ten mean peo­ple do not al­ways have time for reg­u­lar vis­its to older fam­ily mem­bers, es­pe­cially dur­ing the week.

That’s where vol­un­teers come in, help­ing to re­lieve oth­ers’, and even their own, lone­li­ness.

If you know of any­one who would ben­e­fit from the scheme or would like to get in­volved, con­tact Vicki Mor­rell, man­ager of vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity part­ner­ships by email­ing Vicki.m@southcare.org.au or call­ing 9540 6233.

Visit www.southcare.org.au for more de­tails.

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