Linked has always had a strong volunteering culture with multiple opportunities available. We have over 100 volunteers at Linked, all of whom make an incredibly valuable contribution to the work that we do in our communities.
Drivers: Our volunteer drivers love helping our clients to maintain their independence by taking them out and about to the places they need to go.
Bus Attendants: Social outings are lots of fun and keep our clients connected to their community. We have several bus attendants who join these outings to help keep things running smoothly, and have fun along the way!
Administration: Our administration volunteers provide valuable support to our Client Service Officers in a variety of ways.
Volunteer Visitors: Our Aged Care Volunteer Visitors play a vital role in improving the quality of life of older people through ongoing companionship and communication to ensure they feel socially connected to their community and have a sense of purpose and belonging.
The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme, or ACVVS for short, creates meaningful connections and strengthens healthy social wellbeing for older people through friendship and regular visits. Linked are the auspicing organisation for ACVVS across our whole region. ACVVS is an initiative by the Australian Government and funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care.
How the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme Works
The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) is a program initiated by the Australian Government and funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care for Senior Australians. The ACVVS Program is free and available to anyone who is a permanent resident in a Residential Aged Care Facility or receiving a Home Care Package, including those who are approved and waitlisted to receive either service or who are socially isolated. We refer to those receiving a visit as “Care Recipients”.
Become an ACVVS Volunteer
Our volunteers through the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme have access to ongoing training and resources specific to their volunteer roles with new training opportunities to improve, develop and apply new skills under the ACVVS Community of Practice Portal, with the support and assistance of the Linked Community Services ACVVS team.
They are recruited, trained and supported by the Linked Community Services Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) team who are here to help. Aged Care Volunteer Visitors are carefully matched to a resident, group or care recipient who has similar interests and hobbies, and commit themselves to building long-term friendships, a minimum of one hour a fortnight with weekly visits encouraged.
Aged Care Volunteer visits are flexible, supportive and take into consideration the recipient’s health, cultures/traditions, mobility and wellbeing, with visits centered on enjoyment. The shared experiences between an Aged Care Volunteer Visitor and a Care Recipient can be as simple as a walk in the garden, reading together, listening to music, a scenic trip around your local area, watching a movie, baking together, an outing to the beach, playing a board game or jigsaw, fish and chips at the park or joining in the laughter of a group activity within a Residential Aged Care Facility.
Where the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) Services
Our Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) Aged Care Planning Regions are the Hunter and Mid North Coast areas, and covers geographical regions from South West Rocks to Newcastle with Linked Community Services offices situated in Port Macquarie, Taree and Port Stephens.
Since joining Linked I have made many friends along the way. I enjoy the interaction …[it] brings me a lot of joy.
We are more than happy to help. We accept referrals to the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) from family and friends of potential care recipients. Just give us a call and we will connect you with the ACVVS team.
If you have an interest in volunteering with Linked Community Services we would love to hear from you. Please provide your details below and we will be in touch.