About Visiting

WHAT DO COMMUNITY VISITORS DO?

The primary role of a Community Visitor is to provide friendship and companionship with an older person who has been identified as being at risk of social isolation.

WHEN DOES A COMMUNITY VISITOR VISIT?

The Community Visitors Scheme is a flexible programme, with visits happening at the time and day that is convenient for the visitor and the recipient. For this reason, it is a volunteer role that is suited to students; full time workers; retirees; stay at home parents – almost anyone.

HOW OFTEN DO THEY VISIT?

Visiting is about establishing a friendship, therefore Community Visitors are required to visit at least once a fortnight unless there are extenuating circumstances. The length of visits varies dependant on the needs of the recipient, but an hour is a good expectation in the early days of the relationship.

HOW IS THE VISIT SPENT?

Visits are as varied as the people who participate in them. It is very often a cuppa and a chat, but it can also be a game of cards or scrabble; a walk in the sunshine; watching an old movie; singing together; reading; helping write a letter; learning to knit; discussing politics – the possibilities are endless.