Intereach to hold information sessions across Campaspe about volunteer visitors scheme

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More than 10 per cent of Campaspe Shire’s older population experiences loneliness at any one time and more are at risk of social isolation or loneliness and would greatly benefit from regular visits. 

If you know someone or are experiencing this yourself, Intereach is encouraging you to attend an information session about the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS).  

The ACVVS is free service that aims to combat loneliness and isolation among older people by providing companionship through volunteer visits.  

A series of information sessions across Campaspe Shire will provide insights into the purpose of ACVVS, eligibility criteria, referral process, and opportunities for volunteering within Intereach. 

They will be held at: 

  • Echuca: Thursday 4 April, 4pm-5pm, Masonic Lodge Hall, High St.  
  • Rochester: Friday 12 April, 1pm-2pm, Rochester Community House, Mackay St. 
  • Kyabram: Friday 19 April, 4pm-5pm, Kyabram Community and Learning Centre, Lake Road. 

Intereach Volunteer Team Leader Susan Devereaux said Intereach was one of 140 community organisations across the country funded by the Australian Government to deliver this special and important service. 

“There are a range of reasons people can feel isolated; isolated from culture and heritage; little contact with friends or relatives; mobility challenges; or being different in some way,” she said. 

Regular visits from volunteers can help to improve the quality of life for those most vulnerable in our communities. 

“By offering friendship and companionship, volunteers contribute significantly to enhancing the quality of life for these people.” 

The sessions will include informative presentations followed by a Q&A to address any queries.  

“Anyone can refer an older person who meets the eligibility criteria to the scheme, with the older person’s consent. We encourage self-referrals, as well as referrals from family, friends and support services or professionals,” Ms Devereaux said. 

For more information about the ACVVS, visit the website: Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme – Intereach  

For inquiries about the information sessions, please contact Ms Devereaux on 0499 984 629 or email