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VOLUNTEER SUPPORT

Volunteer Coordination - Friendly Visiting Program (FVP)

This program matches socially isolated elderly and younger people with disabilities who live in their own homes with appropriate volunteers for companionship and social support. The program is available in the North, West and Southern Metropolitan regions of Melbourne.

Do you need a friend who can speak your language?

Frail elderly and younger people with disabilities from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina who are isolated in their homes and who live in the Northern, Western and Southern Metropolitan regions of Melbourne are eligible for this program.
Our volunteers are trained and carefully matched to clients, based on their interests, hobbies, background and availability; have a current police check; and are supported by our organisation.
You might enjoy just chatting over a cup of coffee, a short walk, or transport to a Seniors Club. Almost any kind of activity can be a part of the visit - it's up to you and your volunteer.
What does the service cost?
These services are free of charge.

Volunteer for our visiting program!

We are always looking for volunteers over the age of 18, for confidential one-to-one companionship and friendship to seniors and people with disabilities.
Travel reimbursement and training are provided, plus there are networking opportunities including a calendar of social outings.
Volunteering for ACCS means being part of a great team, sharing skills and making a positive difference to people's lives.

Who can be a volunteer?

Friendly visiting volunteer can be any member of the community who speaks Croatian, enjoys helping others and who is interested in voluntary humanitarian work. Police checks are conducted on all volunteers to protect the safety of our clients. Please contact one of our offices or click on this link to fill in the "EXPRESSION OF INTEREST" Form.

You can download our Home and Community Care Brochure HERE.

Community Visitors Scheme

In the financial period 2013-2014 the organization was successfully awarded funding from the Department of Social Services for an additional volunteer support for a small number of Home Care Package recipients in the Eastern Metropolitan Region. In 2015-2016 funding has been provided for group visits to Croatian speaking residents in the nursing homes. This has enhanced the ACCS' capacity to meet the growth in demand for culturally and linguistically appropriate volunteer support.
With the continued commitment of program coordination staff and the relentless dedication of our volunteer visitors, ACCS Volunteer Support Program is successful in its aim of providing friendship and companionship to individuals, thus significantly enhancing their quality of life. This continues to occur within the context of an 'ageing in place' framework and in a manner that addresses culture, language, spirituality and lifestyle.