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St John (Qld)
Community Visitors Scheme – Rebuilding connections through companionship
St John Qld has been engaged by the Commonwealth Department of Health to deliver this service across the state of Queensland from January 2019. We welcome you to be part of St John Qld’s community of people committed to delivering this valuable service in North Queensland.
Community visits are carried out by volunteers who set aside time to pay a friendly visit to a resident in an Australian Government subsidised aged care home, or a person in their own home who is receiving a Government funded Home Care Package.
Depending on the person visited, and the volunteer visitor, the visiting time may be spent in a variety of different ways. Activities may include sitting and having a chat; working on a hobby together; discussing family, current events, and interests. If the person is able, they may take a walk or potter in the garden.
In some instances, the person receiving the service may be less mobile, may have a cognitive impairment or more limited communication skills. Visits are then adapted to include other ways to enjoy time together, such as reading a book, listening to music together, or perhaps playing a board game.
Types of visits:
A one on one visit by a volunteer visitor to a care recipient in an Australian Government subsidised residential aged care home;
A one on one visit by a volunteer visitor to a care recipient of a Home Care Package in their home; or
A group visit that consists of two or more care recipients at the same time, in an Australian Government subsidised aged care home.
o You are to visit the client once a fortnight (a minimum of 20 times per year)
o If the client is sick and has let us know, St John can reschedule the visit, or it can be a phone call instead (depending on client)
o First Aid Certificate (we provide training for this)
o Blue card (St John provides form and will lodge for you)
o Fit 2 Work Police Check (St John provides form and will lodge for you)
* May be arranged by the organisation. Details will be provided after you express your interest.
Once a fortnight for about 1 hour