Community Visitors Scheme
A Commonwealth Government Initiative
“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody” (Mother Theresa)
It is well known that loneliness is one of the most painful life conditions we as humans can endure, and that people who suffer from loneliness will die sooner than those who have meaningful relationships and social connections.
Nuhra has been an auspice for the Community Visitors Scheme since it first began in 1991. Volunteers are paired with residents who may have little or no contact with family members and friends and who would benefit from some companionship. The role of the volunteer is to befriend the resident and to visit at least once a fortnight.
Currently Nuhra has between 35 – 40 volunteers going into aged care facilities in the North Metropolitan Region and the Peel Region. If you would like to make a difference in someone’s life by simply spending time with them, we would love to hear from you. Help enrich the life of an elderly person and be enriched yourself by the gift of giving.
Volunteers must be over eighteen years. Mothers with children welcome. Volunteers with pets welcome.
For more information or to become a volunteer ring Sonya 08 9328 6272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments from CVS volunteers:
“As a volunteer with the CVS I meet and befriend a resident visiting them regularly. Over time and friendship develops and each week I look forward to visiting the resident. They are always happy to have company and grateful for the friendship. I am thrilled to hear stories of the past, I love historical stuff and to meet someone who played a part in a world war is very interesting. I am aware the resident is happy and knowing I have helped to make their day a little brighter makes me happy too. I have learned to play cards with my resident and I ‘m tickled pink when he wins!” (Brenda)
“Nuhra invests considerable time in getting to know both parties by way of personal interviews in advance before recommending a match. Facilitating a face to face introduction ensures the visiting relationship begins well. Those directing volunteers are active visitors themselves, not just administrators of the scheme. Having regular opportunities to share experiences with other volunteers and to listen to their experiences is very supportive.” (Scott)
“Let us always meet each other with a smile for the smile is the beginning of love.” Mother Theresa
Our Coordinator Sonya about to start a card game with her resident.