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Friends for Older People, Somerton Park

St Elizabeth's Community Visitor Scheme
Logo for St Elizabeth's Community Visitor Scheme

The Community Visitors Scheme is an Australian Government funded initiative which started in 1992. St Elizabeth’s MU Auspice has been a provider of volunteer visitors since its inception.

Community visitors add to the quality of life of the care recipient by being a companion and friend. They can help the care recipient feel more involved with their community.

A community visitor is a person who sets aside time, at least once a fortnight, to visit and befriend a resident of an Australian Government subsided aged care home. Volunteering as a community visitor can be a rewarding experience. By befriending an older person, you can make a difference to their lives as well as your own.

Visitors are matched to a person based on their shared interests. You can spend the time chatting, reminiscing, reading, listening to music, games.


  • Minimum age: 18 years

  • Should live within the vicinity of Somerton Park

  • Ideally have own transport, although this location is well served by bus.