Better Together – volunteering builds connections and community
On 16 May, volunteers and their contributions will be celebrated across Australia with the launch of the 2022 National Volunteer Week.
This year’s theme – Better Together – recognises the value volunteering plays in bringing people together, building communities and creating a better society for everyone.
For Year 12 student Reka, volunteering has helped her build confidence and communication skills. Inspired by her sister’s volunteering experience, Reka began volunteering with Anglicare NT’s Community Visitor’s Scheme almost a year ago.
“When my sister told me about her experiences as a volunteer, I could see how it would brighten someone else’s day – and be rewarding at the same time,” she said.
“I think the aspect that motivated me the most was knowing that through volunteering, I can help people that are potentially in need of connections and friendships.”
Reka brings colour and fun into aged care facilities, pampering with painted nails, sharing stories and precious time.
“Unfortunately, a lot of residents can feel isolated from time to time, so whenever I come in, a lot of them are just eager to chat. I don’t even always get around to painting nails, as often the ladies are simply looking to talk. But, when I do get around to it, I love making them feel beautiful and spoiled,” Reka said.
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is a national program that connects volunteers with older people at risk of social or cultural isolation. It is offered by Anglicare NT in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.
Volunteers visit someone at least once each fortnight, providing friendship and links to the local community. Visits are available to anyone who receives a government-funded residential aged care or home care package, and who feels socially isolated and/or lonely. Referrals can be made by aged care facilities, community care service providers, medical practitioners, or from family and friends.
To find out more about the Community Visitors Scheme, contact Anglicare NT on 8985 0000.