Services are available in ACT, NSW, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.
Across Australia, more than 1,000 people in their 70s, 80s and 90s have been paired with a volunteer through our buddy program, the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme.
It’s been running for 30 years and is part of an umbrella of support to help older people stay well, connected and independent.
Having good social connections is essential for all aspects of your health, especially as you get older. Red Cross can support you to improve your social connections by matching you with a friendly volunteer for a regular visit.
The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme is a free service where a Red Cross volunteer visits you regularly to spend time together.
or do another similar activity that you both enjoy.
Red Cross volunteers visit people who:
The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health.
For enquiries relating to volunteering and helping the elderly, please visit Volunteering.