Celebrating 25 years of the Community Visitors Scheme in the NT

Anglicare NT is celebrating 25 years of delivering the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) in the Northern Territory at Parliament House today. CVS is a national initiative connecting volunteer visitors with older people at risk of social or cultural isolation in aged care facilities or in their own home.

Volunteer visitors make a world of difference to older people through sharing conversations, news, activities and friendship. Many special connections have been made over the years between people of different ages through shared language, life experience or deep cultural understanding.

One volunteer drives 300km from Yuendumu to Alice Springs to ‘jam’ with his older friend. Another supported a participant to complete physiotherapy exercises, which has increased mobility and enabled him to garden with his wife again.

We have recruited, trained and supported thousands of volunteers since 1996 and currently offers the program in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy.

We are always looking for special Territorians who want to volunteer and make a difference in people lives. By befriending an older person, you can also add meaning and connection to your own life.

For more information about volunteering with the Community Visitors Scheme, contact Anglicare NT on 8985 0000.

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is funded by the Australian Government.