Our Visiting Programs are dedicated to organise regular visits from volunteers to Spanish speaking seniors who are socially isolated and would benefit from spending quality time with someone that speaks their same language and understands their culture.
Our volunteers visit Spanish speaking seniors on a regular basis either at their own home (Friendly Visiting Program) or at aged care facilities (Community Visitors Scheme).
How do our volunteers and clients spend their time together during the visits?
The range of activities that our volunteers and clients enjoy together are varied and are in line with the interests and goals of our clients. Walking, reading books, knitting, doing outdoor activities, listening to music, learning to use technology or simply talking over a cup of tea and sharing their life stories are only some examples of the activities shared.
How often are the visits?
A volunteer regularly visits the same person once a week for two hours at the most convenient time for both.
Who can receive visits?
- Spanish speaking seniors over 65 years of age living in their own homes ( West and North Metropolitan Region)
- Seniors who spend most or part of their time alone and want to share a pleasant time with someone who speaks Spanish.
- Seniors leaving at aged care facilities who face language barriers to communicate with other residents and workers within the facility, have mobility issues or receive none or few visits from friends and family.
What are the benefits of the program?
- Establish connections with other people and the community in general.
- Enrich the quality of life socially isolated seniors
- Be accompanied and reduce alone time.
- Increase self-esteem and independence.
- Establish contact and enjoy the company of other people of the same culture or who speak the same language.
- Support caregivers a few hours a month.
- Reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
How are our visiting programs delivered?
Our Social Support Coordinator supports volunteers and clients participating in the program and monitors that the visits are conducted in an encouraging, respectful, friendly and safe environment.
All our volunteers are carefully recruited and undergo a rigorous safety screening before they start visiting a client. Ongoing support and training is provided to volunteers throughout their involvement in the program.
Once the program coordinator has conducted a client assessment and care plan, the client will be matched with a suitable volunteer and the visits will commence.
What is the cost?
The visiting programs are free of charge
The Friendly Visiting Program received funding from the Federal and Victorian Government.
The Community Visitors Scheme received funding from the Federal Government.