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When visiting her parents in a Victorian aged care facility Hilary noticed many of the residents experienced social isolation.
"I had my parents in a nursing home and I used to see them every day, but when I saw people that didn't get visitors, it tears at your heartstrings and I thought that maybe at this stage on my life I can make a bit of a difference," she said.
The opportunity arose when Hilary moved to the Sunshine Coast in October, she became a volunteer for Suncare’s Community Visitor Scheme (CVS) and begin taking Neville out for scenic drives and a coffee.
"I like to remind people that they are significant, and they matter by giving them some care and time."
Neville lives in Maroochydore and said without the visits from Hilary he has little to look forward to during the week. "There is not much I could do around the house in a wheelchair… I wasn’t getting out much beforehand” he said.
The CVS is funded by the Department of Health and has been designed to improve the quality of life by addressing loneliness among elderly people.
We currently have 20 volunteers visiting recipients from Rockhampton to North Brisbane that contribute to building meaningful relationships with socially isolated people.
Hilary said, "I enjoy seeing Neville being able to do something a bit different and get out of the house and for me, I just enjoy the interaction."
The program aims to offer friendship and improve the quality of life of the CVS recipient. The time spent together can involve having a cuppa and chat, sharing stories, going for a walk or a drive.