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Community Visitors Scheme

This elderly companionship service is available in ACT, NSW, QLD, TAS, VIC and WA.

Companionship has been brightening the lives of older people for more than 20 years

Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) volunteers make regular social visits and provide companionship and friendship to residents of aged care facilities or older people living in their own homes. Elderly companion volunteers are matched one-on-one with a participant or run a group visit with residents who have common interests. To be eligible to receive CVS, participants must live in an aged care home or in their own home and be receiving a Home Care Package.

In our senior companionship program, visits are relaxed and social in nature - you might chat together, reminisce, listen to music, read the newspaper or play card games.

For 20 years Red Cross volunteers have been visiting people living in aged care homes to provide friendship, support and elderly companionship through the Community Visitors Scheme program.

Learn more

Join our senior companionship program. Become a volunteer or learn more about being matched with a Red Cross volunteer for regular visits.


ACT (including Cooma, Yass, Goulburn and Queanbeyan) 02 6234 7600

SE-NSW (including Eurobodalla) 02 6234 7614

NSW 02 9229 4272

QLD 07 5539 7000

TAS 03 6235 6011

VIC 03 8327 7700

WA 1800 441 014

Photo: Australian Red Cross/Tammy Byrne.

Check mate

When Roy, 80, met Brett, his Red Cross volunteer companion, he found a friend whose shared love of chess gave him a new lease of life. Read more »

Making a connection through the fog of dementia

Community Visitors

The Community Visitors Scheme has brought Mary, a former teacher living with dementia, social companionship and something familiar and enjoyable from an unexpected source. Read her story »

A lifetime of care

Community Visitors

Cora's 98, and her history with Red Cross goes all the way back to 1940. These days, she knits trauma teddies with her Red Cross volunteer visitor Penny. Read More »

A very special friendship

Judy and Ivy

The Community Visitors Scheme has helped Ivy and Judy build a friendship for almost 20 years. Read their story.