In Great Company is a volunteer program designed to connect people in need of support and social connection with caring, friendly, and enthusiastic volunteers.

In Great Company was born out of a need for a service that puts you first and creates a real difference in the lives of people and those volunteering their time to give back.

We believe in the power of social connection and its importance in helping us live our best lives. This is where our volunteers can step in and provide a little company that go a long way in making a big difference to an older person’s life.

Our volunteer program includes a variety of services designed to benefit both our friendly volunteers and our amazing clients. It’s not always easy to ask a friend to lend a hand, but here is where we come in, supporting social connection and compassion in everyone involved with In Great Company.

The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS)

In Great Company is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care under the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (previously the Community Visitors Scheme or CVS). ACVVS began in 1992-93 to support community-based organisations, known as auspices, to recruit and match volunteers who provide friendship and companionship through volunteer visits to care recipients of home care packages or Australian Government funded residential aged care.

ACVVS is a free service available to aged care residential or home care recipients who are socially isolated or lonely, and do not have regular contact with friends or relatives. These individuals may also have mobility or other impairments that prevent them for participating in social or leisure opportunities on their own. ACVVS aims to improve the general wellbeing, social connectedness, quality of life and independence of those participating in the scheme.

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From radio waves to real connections

From radio waves to real connections

Sometimes, the most beautiful stories begin with a simple radio broadcast. In Tony’s case, his life took a heart-warming turn when he heard about In Great Company’s volunteer program on his local ABC Radio breakfast show. His connection with Jasmine, a volunteer who visits him every fortnight, has blossomed into a story of new adventures and companionship.

Meet the staff: Tammy Barton

Meet the staff: Tammy Barton

Meet one of the latest additions to our team, Tammy, an active 4WD adventure enthusiast whose family is her top priority. In this interview, Tammy shares her personal and professional journey, highlighting the satisfaction she finds in making a difference in the lives of lonely seniors.