Our Accredited Visiting Service (AVS) is a befriending service that provides regular visits to older people who would like more company; to reduce social isolation and loneliness. Our visitors are volunteers who are keen to spend time with an older person for about an hour each week to enjoy conversation and shared interests and activities. We have men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages. What they have in common is warmth, friendliness and a desire to make a difference in the life of an older person.
Regular visits can make a real difference to an older person’s health and happiness, and our volunteers tell us that they really enjoy and benefit from their role. We have over 80 volunteers currently on our ‘books’, including people in Motueka and Golden Bay. If you would like to spend time with an older person, and have an hour or so a week to spare, we want to hear from you.
OUR AVS CO-ORDINATOR WILL:
- Screen and train volunteer visitors
- Carefully match clients with visitors
- Support visitors’ regular visits
- Monitor and review each relationship on a regular basis
- Provide ongoing visitor training
- Link the client to other Age Concern services
Similarly, if you know of someone who might benefit from a visitor, get in touch with us and we’ll find the right visitor for them. Call us on 03 544 7624, or email this address.