Community Care TASMANIA welcomes volunteers. We provide many unique and rewarding opportunities for you to work with us in providing quality aged and disability care services in our community.
Volunteers are welcome to join any of these programs
You can become part of our Community Visitors Scheme. This is a highly valued and rewarding program that for the past twenty years has provided social contact for many socially isolated people living in aged care residences around Northern Tasmania.
Our volunteers are fully trained, valued and supported by professional staff. Once you become part of the CVS team you will be encouraged to undertake at least 20 one-on-one visits per year to a resident in a nearby aged care facility.
This program is enormously positive for the volunteer as well as the aged care residents. Both get an opportunity to make a new friend. Giving the time to have a chat as well as listening and learning from others is perhaps the best gift we can offer and receive.
While Imelda finds volunteering no big effort on her part, she says the residents she has visited for CVS have always treated it as though it was.
I joined CVS 4 years ago, I am always delighted when people are pleased to see me and thrilled that I have come to have a chat with them.
Both of the people I have visited are room-bound. They are very appreciative of my time, and thank me for coming. I think my most valuable contribution for them has been spending time listening to and sharing stories, and being understanding about their mishaps.
Nothing can be better than having a laugh and joke together.
I joined the CVS program nearly five years ago when I stopped work. Volunteering keeps me connected to the community and I enjoy the get-togethers with other CVS volunteers. I derive great satisfaction and happiness from the look of excitement on the resident’s face when I arrive.
We often go out visiting different places around town to have a chat over coffee. She vents and talks, and I sit and listen. But it makes me feel good that she has someone to confide in and that she knows that what she says will go no further.
Malcolm, Launceston, 2017
I think that caring for others is important...we are more than just the "I" society.
Older people have lots of interesting stories and we can learn a lot from them. The CVS program helps maintain a sense of community and connection for people. Just like a village.
CVS is a great program...well coordinated and supported by Community Care TASMANIA.
Toby Ria February 2017
I want to learn more about people and make a good future for us all.
Through my family and my grandparents I have learnt that it is important to care for and look after older people.
I wanted to become a doctor but started volunteering in aged care then found Community Care TASMANIA on facebook and here I am
Read more about the Community Visitors Scheme and the work of our volunteers via our CVS Newsletters.
Creative Connections is a weekly arts and craft get-together facilitated by local artist Jo Anglesey. All those who come along collaborate in designing the program and deciding what new skills they might want to learn.
Participants can also gain greater confidence and mobility as well as make new friends and be actively involved in something they really enjoy.
We are always looking for people who can assist with general organisation of the sessions, teach a skill, and/or transport participants to the studio venue at Inveresk.
You don’t necessarily have to have a history of arts and crafts work to be part of this creative community. It is as much a social program as an arts program,
Community Connections is a multi-faceted service supporting Launceston’s ageing Bhutanese community. This program is supported by grants from the Tasmanian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care and the Tasmania Community Fund.
At present Community Care TASMANIA organises weekly sessions that enable older Bhutanese community members to get together and socialise. Incorporated into activities are opportunities for them to engage with their wider community. These may include basic social skills such as understanding local services and public transport. We also organise information sessions on such topics as better health and nutrition.
“In 2015 we ran classes for members of this community to learn about digital technologies and would like to organise basic English classes if we can find volunteers interested in doing this.” says volunteer coordinator Susan.
“We also organise monthly excursions around the region that are interactive and a terrific opportunity to promote wellbeing by enjoying something new and having fun.”
Breanna Hancock came to Tasmania from Queensland for a holiday and liked it so much she ended up staying. After qualifying as a tourism guide she contacted Community Care TASMANIA to volunteer with the Community Visitors Scheme.
“Then I discovered Community Connections with its emphasis on friendship and fun via excursions and group discussions...so I’ve ended up working on both programs.”
Volunteering gives me a real opportunity to use my skills and to help tackle isolation and loneliness in the community.
Wayne Lim and Sheena Lui fell in love with Tasmania on a visit from Singapore and have finally returned for a longer stay. Wayne is studying his MBA at the Australian Maritime College and Sheena is working in hospitality. Being new to Launceston they thought the best way to discover more about it was through volunteering.
In February 2016 they joined the Community Visitors Scheme and give an English class every fortnight as part of the Community Connections Program. They are not new to this role having volunteered in aged care support in Singapore. “We have had many privileges and it is good to give back,” says Wayne
Sheena thinks that initiatives such as Community Connections are great “...because they provide company and companionship and money itself cannot solve everything.”
It is important that we treasure the wisdom and knowledge of our older people.