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Community Visiting Scheme Volunteer - Croydon, Ringwood, Boronia, Montrose

Apply now Role no: 496327
Availability: Business hours, Evenings, Mornings, Weekends
Time involved: 1 hour per week
Location: Melbourne

  • ongoing
  • Flexible days and hours, approx. 1hr per week

The program

Having good social connections are essential for all aspects of health, especially as we age. Red Cross supports older people who are feeling lonely or socially isolated. Through the Community Visitors Scheme we improve an older persons’ wellbeing and social connections. 

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) connects an older person living in their home or in an aged care facility and would like more social contact with a friendly volunteer visitor. 

Through your friendship you will assist an older person to maintain and grow community links – this might be through relaxed conversation or participating in shared interests and hobbies.

The opportunity

If you have a genuine interest in spending time with an older person and have the ability to connect with people from a variety of backgrounds this will be the ideal role for you. Being friendly and emotionally mature, your conversation skills are second to none! You need to be mature, reliable and confident as you work independently without direct supervision. You seek support and guidance as required.

Volunteers connect weekly or fortnightly to build trust and rapport so a long term friendship can develop. Holding a valid driver’s license and a means of travel is beneficial, as the person you visit may not live near public transport. All volunteers are asked to complete a National Criminal Check, agree to the CVS guidelines and Red Cross principles. Visitors will need to have flu vaccination, as now required to enter aged care facilities.

During COVID-19 visits have been through virtual means, such as telephone or video calls. Visits may return to face to face depending on the participant’s circumstances and volunteers safety.

The impact

You have the opportunity to learn an older person’s unique and irreplaceable history and knowledge and they have the opportunity to learn from you.

Feel rewarded as your visits brighten the life of an older person experiencing isolation and loneliness in our community.

Gain valuable experience and utilise your social skills within the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

For more information, please see the volunteer role description Download File VRD - Community Visiting Scheme Volunteer - Croydon, Ringwood, Boronia, Montrose.pdf or contact Mairead McGowan on  Mob 0450 536 512.

Please note: A phone interview and online training will be held in July during business hours. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

  1. Submit your application Tell us about yourself along with any skills and experience you can bring to Red Cross by completing an online application.
  2. Meet with us Have a chat with us about the volunteer role you have applied for and see whether it’s a good match for you and for us.
  3. Complete some checks If you are successful in getting the role we’ll ask you to complete a Police Check. In some cases a Working With Children Check may also be required.
  4. Get started! At this stage, it’s time for your induction and training as you’re now an official Red Cross Volunteer.

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