community visitor girl with older lady

The Community Visitors Scheme is funded by the Australian government and plays a vital role in providing companionship for older people living in Aged Care homes or living in their own homes and receiving or waitlisted for a home care package. Since 1992 the Community Visitors Scheme has matched volunteers with older Australians for regular visits for friendship and companionship.

What does a visit involve?

The primary aim of the visit is to build connections and reduce isolation through social activities that are mutually enjoyable. You could sit and chat about current affairs, walk to the local café, read or listen to a book together, enjoy a TV show or participate in a hobby, game or other activity.

How do you get involved with the program?

To learn more contact the Victorian State Network Member - Esis Tawfik. On phone: 03 9767 1900 mobile: 0421 330 230 or email:

Who can refer?

You can self-refer; through a family member or friend; via health professionals; or an Aged Care Provider staff member.

How do you refer?

Please contact Esis Tawfik directly and you will be provided with the contact details of the organisation (auspice) to send through a referral.