Friendly Visiting Program

The Friendly Visiting Program is provided free to elderly or disabled persons who are living at home and may feel isolated. Those wishing to access this service need to apply to the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

Visits from our friendly volunteers of Russian origin provide social support by engaging in conversation, assistance and transport if needed. Volunteers can also provide interpreting services and provide translation to documents and letters, if required.

Volunteers in the Friendly Visiting Program are a great source of information about services provided by RusCare Ltd, local governments and other non-government organisations.

All our volunteers have a current Police Check and have participated in government training sessions covering issues such as Elder Abuse, First Aid and volunteer specific education.

Our Friendly Visitor will visit each client on a rotational basis and provide regular companionship on a regular basis.

Our Friendly Visitor encourages clients to:
  • Participate in social outings and activities at the Russian Community Resource Centre
  • Use services available such as Telelink
  • Assist with translation interpreting, and transport to medical appointments or other appointments
Our Friendly Visitors benefit from:
  • Meeting interesting people
  • Establishing a mutually rewarding friendship with an older person
  • Participating and assisting in planned activities
  • Being a contributing member of the Russian Community

The Friendly Visiting Program is funded by the Federal Government and is a program which provides companionship and a link into the wider community.

Friendly Visiting is vital for frail, disabled and aged clients who are house bound for various reasons, whether it be as a result of frailty, illness or otherwise.

Our team of volunteers provides social support and community access including assistance to medical appointments, friendly visiting in the home, community transport for shopping, Church trips and social outings as well as supported participation in social and special interest activity groups at the Russian Community Resource Centre.