The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS), previously known as Community Visitors Scheme (CVS), is an Australian government–funded program established to promote links between people living in an aged care home or in their own homes and the wider community. Lutheran Care is funded to recruit, train and support volunteers to visit older people in the following areas:
Lutheran Care has been continuously funded to deliver the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) in South Australia since December 1991.
Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme
The Community Visitors Scheme name will change from 1 July 2023 to the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS).
This has been led by the Department of Health and Aged Care and there are no major changes to volunteering or visiting arrangements. In fact, a growth of funding and increased eligibility for older people means this program will be able to help more socially isolated people in the community and in facilities.
During the next 3-4 months, you will see the changes to ACVVS on platforms such as our website, Facebook page and other promotional items. We will endeavour to update these changes as soon as possible.
Lutheran Care is the lead agency of a consortium of ACVVS providers from a host of different agencies, working in partnership to deliver the ACVVS even more broadly across metropolitan and regional South Australia.
Volunteers visit elderly people living in aged care facilities or in their homes. The elderly person must be registered for a Commonwealth Government Home Care Package to be eligible for a visitor.
A Volunteer Visitor is matched with an older person and visits them regularly, usually for an hour once a fortnight.
There are so many activities that will make your visit a rewarding experience. From just talking or reading, to playing cards, having a coffee, helping with craft activities or even picking footy tips. It’s up to you!
To become a Volunteer Visitor, you must:
The benefits are:
We currently have vacancies for both volunteer visitors and elderly participants who would like to receive a visitor.
To apply to become a volunteer visitor, fill in an online application here. Or for more information, please get in touch with our team via the contact details below.
For more information about the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme