ID: 211693

Volunteer Visitors –Turn moments into memories and be a friend to someone living in aged care.

Seniors & Aged Care Regular - more than 6 months Across: Willagee WA, Bull Creek WA

About this opportunity

Feeling that we have good social connections is vital for our health, especially as we age. It can be a great comfort to have a person to talk to who is there just for you. Volunteers in Lifeline WA’s Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) fill that role, reducing loneliness in our local community.

Each volunteer visitor is carefully paired with an older aged person who has reached out to ACVVS. The match considers each person’s interests, temperaments, personalities, cultural background and location.

The volunteer visitor:

  • is a companion, confidant and friend to the older aged person (who lives either in aged care or in their own home)
  • visits at least once a fortnight, ideally weekly, for at least 6 months
  • increases the older aged person’s involvement in social activities and the community.
  • spends time together enjoying interests they share with the older aged person.
  • accepts and doesn’t judge.
  • may take the older aged person on short outings – for example, for a coffee, drive, meal, or river visit.

Benefits for a volunteer visitor include:

  • personal and professional growth
  • broadened social network and new experiences, including opportunities to connect with other ACVVS volunteers.
  • opportunities to learn new skills.
  • regular events, rewards and recognition
  • giving back to society
  • belonging to the Lifeline WA community
  • support from Lifeline WA’s dedicated coordinators.
  • psychological support through Lifeline WA’s Employee Assistance Program and wellbeing team.

The following skills make for a great volunteer visitor:

  • empathy for, and understanding of, older aged people – or a desire and willingness to develop this appreciation.
  • good communication, especially listening skills.
  • independence
  • ability to maintain an ongoing friendship with an older aged person.
  • reliability and flexibility
  • enthusiasm for ongoing learning, including openness to feedback.
  • following role guidelines, including visit reporting requirements.

Act to improve the social and mental wellbeing of an isolated, older person by becoming a volunteer visitor with Lifeline WA.


Additional requirements

Driver's Licence (C) . Driver's Licence . Flu vaccination . National Police Certificate *. Others .

Each volunteer needs to:
* be an Australian citizen or have residency status
* be at least 18 years of age
* be able to visit at least once a fortnight, ideally weekly, for at least 6 months
* complete a national police check (free, Lifeline WA sets up the process and you complete it online)
* supply references
* Advise your current flu and COVID vaccinations (not mandatory but encouraged).

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

Ideally one hour a week, or fortnightly (minimum) for at least 6 months

Suitable for
  • Centrelink Volunteers
  • Families with Children
  • People with disability
  • Wheelchair Access
Type of work
  • Companionship & Social Support
  • Seniors & Aged Care
Training

Online training and Induction with ongoing professional development opportunities