The value of reaching out has assumed a special significance in this age of Covid separation and isolation.
And now that restrictions have been somewhat relaxed, it's the perfect time to forge connections to those who need them most.
IMPACT Community Service runs a Community Visitor's Scheme (CVS) which recruits and organises volunteers to visit elderly people in aged care facilities and also to clients in their own homes who receive a Home Care Package.
These visits provide that all-important regular contact.
CVS Program Facilitator Heather Hinsbey, who volunteers herself, said the program made the world of difference for those involved.
“It's not a job, it's a joy,” Heather said.
“Volunteering brings benefits to both the visitor and the person visited.”
According to Heather, there is not one particular type of person that makes a good volunteer.
She said everyone had something to offer.
“Sometimes all the person needs is someone to play cards or games with or help with letter writing or even listen to music together,” Heather said.
IMPACT’s volunteers are currently taking Samsung tablets out to teach some of the elderly how to Skype or use FaceTime to enable them to keep in touch with their friends or family during Covid. The tablets also can be used for podcasts, audible books or games and other tools to assist residents keep in touch with the latest technology, keep their mind active and prevent them feeling lonely or isolated.
“We encourage people to think about volunteering as it’s one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to share the joy of companionship,” Heather said.
If you would like to make a much-needed connection to those in need, contact Heather at IMPACT's Community Visitor's Scheme on 4153 4233 or 0448 035 891 or go to Volunteer Today | IMPACT Community Services