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Aged Care Volunteer Visiting Services

Aged Care Volunteer Visiting Service

Places Available

Publish Date: 21 August 2023

Intereach has places available in the Buloke Shire for referrals to the Aged Care Volunteer Visiting Services (ACVVS).

This is a program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care and is free to recipients.

The ACVVS aims to improve quality of life for aged care home care recipients participating in the scheme, shown by:

  • general feeling of wellbeing with maintained or increased independence
  • increased self-esteem and sense of purpose
  • a sense of connectedness to the care recipient’s individual community, culture and identity
  • a sense of connectedness to other Commonwealth subsidised aged care recipients in the residential aged care home, and increased interactions between the group of residents visited
  • reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation; and
  • reduced feelings of depression and anxiety.

The ACVVS is a free service available for people who:

  • are socially isolated, including if they belong to a diverse, complex vulnerability or cultural group as per below (these groups are considered to have a higher risk of social isolation); and
  • do not have regular and reasonably frequent positive and engaged contact with friends or relatives (e.g., live in a RACH with limited contact with people who speak their language or share a cultural background); and
  • feel isolated and lonely; and
  • have frailty, mobility or communication impairment that prevents them from participating in social or leisure opportunities; and
  • have been approved for, or are in receipt of government residential aged care or a home care package; and
  • do not participate in social support group services funded by a Commonwealth subsidised aged care program.

The ACVVS is available to recipients of Australian Government subsidised residential aged care services or home care packages. This includes care recipients approved and on a waiting list/National Priority System for residential care or home care packages.

Any one is able to refer to the ACVVS, self referrals are welcomed. 

To refer eligible Home Care Package recipients, please get in touch via the details below, referrals can be arranged over the phone or via email.

If you have questions, please get in touch:

Sue Devereaux | Team Leader Volunteers- Aged Care Services | Intereach  

Phone  1300 488 226  | Mobile  0499 984 629


Address  426 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo VIC 3550