The 2022 theme for National Volunteer Week is ‘Better Together’, and it couldn’t align more to the vision of IMPACT Community Services’ Community Visitor Scheme.
The CVS is a friendship program which links volunteer visitors with people who live in aged care facilities or at home throughout the Bundaberg and Burnett regions.
This year marks a massive 30-year milestone for IMPACT’s CVS program, with several volunteers participating for more than two decades themselves!
Since having been involved in the CVS pilot program and three decades of delivery, IMPACT estimates more than 2800 volunteer positions have been filled and thousands of people have had someone to call a friend.
And it is not just the residents who benefit from the program, but also those who are volunteering.
By sharing skills and stories with one another, valuable connections and friendships can be made.
As part of the visit, perhaps you’ll enjoy having a game of cards, listen to music, play a board game, take a short walk outside, help to write letters, reminisce, or simply have a chat and a cuppa.
The CVS volunteers are asked to visit at least once a fortnight and spend time doing what they both enjoy.
IMPACT Managing Director Tanya O’Shea said she could not be prouder of the CVS volunteers who give their time to meet with local residents, socialise, and minimise potential impacts of isolation, particularly for people who may not have regular visits with family or friends amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
CVS volunteer opportunities are available in Bundaberg, Monto, Gayndah, Childers and Gin Gin.
This week for National Volunteer Week and every week, IMPACT gives its thanks to all those who volunteer to help improve the lives of fellow community members.
For more information about IMPACT’s CVS program visit www.impact.org.au or phone 4153 4233.