- Time frame: ongoing fortnightly visits (minimum 12 months)
- Time commitment: 1 hour per fortnight
- Join the World's largest humanitarian network
Having good social connections is essential for all aspects of health, especially as we age. Red Cross supports elderly residents of the community to improve their wellbeing and social connection by matching volunteers with an older person who lives in an aged care facility or at home, has identified as being lonely and has minimum contact with family and/or friends. Community visits have an important impact on the elderly person’s life: enhancing their sense of wellbeing, supporting good physical and mental health, promoting healthy ageing and making them more resilient to life’s knocks and challenges.
This role suits someone over the age of 18 who is a good listener and can commit to at least one hour per week for a social visit to an elderly person. What you do on your visit is up to you (and who you are visiting). You might chat together, reminisce, listen to music, read the newspaper or play card games.
As a Community Visitor Volunteer, you’ll brighten the life of a lonely and isolated older person by offering them company and friendship. You’ll also brighten your own life: gaining satisfaction, enjoyment and personal development through your visits. Red Cross will ensure you have training, ongoing support and access to other opportunities within the World’s largest humanitarian network.
Red Cross strives to create a safe and inclusive culture with wellbeing at its centre. We embrace diversity and welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with different lived experiences, abilities, gender, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation. We are a child safe organisation with zero tolerance of any harm to children. Our vision is to be trusted as the leading humanitarian organisation making a genuine difference in the lives of people and communities.
Thank you for considering volunteering at Red Cross. We also have great career opportunities.