Hands up to help elderly
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.firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 9540 6233.
Visit www.southcare.org.au for more details.