Recently, we were successful in gaining additional government funding for the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) which has enabled us to extend the program to include home visits as well as visits at aged care facilities. This is such an important initiative with research showing that loneliness is a serious public health issue, with links to poorer cardiovascular health, mental illness, and a faster rate of cognitive decline and dementia in old age. One of the most effective ways to reduce loneliness is to help make people feel connected to their community. If you can spare some time for a social visit with a lonely person in the Kingston or Bayside regions, I encourage you to take part in the CVS. It can be an extremely rewarding experience for both the volunteer and resident.
I’m also very pleased to announce that we have introduced a range of additional services at the Westall Community Hub. This is great news for people in the Clayton South area who can now access many of our health and wellbeing programs as well as the child development services we have been running at the hub for over a year. This is part of our commitment to expand services to meet community needs and we will continue to involve our clients in service planning, co-design and improvement.
Deb Stuart, CEO