Celebrating Our ACVVS Volunteers and Promoting Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness

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Last updated: 13/06/2024

Last week, IMPACT Community Services' ACVVS volunteers were celebrated with a special (belated) National Volunteers Week morning tea, acknowledging their invaluable dedication to enriching the lives of the elderly, who often confront isolation and loneliness.

The event also featured an information session with special guest speaker Anne Kerby from Bundaberg Regional Council’s Disaster Management Team.

Anne's presentation focused on Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (P-CEP), a critical method designed to help individuals, especially seniors and those with disabilities, better prepare for emergencies through planning and access to vital resources and guidance.

Participants were also gifted with an Emergency Kit Starter Pack, complete with a planning workbook, wireless radio, mini first aid kit, headlamp, batteries, and more.

IMPACTs Heather Lesley and Genevieve pictured with Anne Kerby from Bundaberg Regional Councils Disaster Management Team

About P-CEP

The P-CEP method is a tool that enhances equitable access to effective emergency planning for individuals with extra support needs, such as the elderly and people with a disability. It empowers people with disabilities and the elderly to identify and plan for managing their unique needs during emergencies. Furthermore, it encourages everyone to help remove barriers that heighten risks to safety and well-being during disasters.

Key highlights of the P-CEP method include:

  • Enabling individuals with disabilities and seniors to create tailored emergency plans.
  • Involving peer support leaders, community providers, emergency services personnel, and family members in the planning process.
  • Breaking down the process of emergency preparedness into manageable steps to ensure comprehensive and accessible planning.

Learn more about Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness on the Bundaberg Regional Council website here.

The Aged Care Volunteer Visitor Scheme

ACVVS is an initiative funded by the Australian Government, designed to address the social and emotional needs of older Australians residing in aged care facilities, by connecting dedicated volunteers with seniors who may be experiencing social isolation or loneliness. Volunteer opportunities are available in Bundaberg, Monto, Gayndah, Childers, Mount Perry, and Gin Gin. Get in touch today! Call Heather on 0448 035 891 or 07 4153 4233 or visit IMPACT's ACVVS page here.

Please note: This website may contain references to, or feature images, videos, and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have passed away.

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