Funding to combat South West loneliness

Member for Forrest along with the Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt have today announced the Turnbull Government is combating loneliness and social isolation among the elderly with $46.1 million to support local organisations to recruit volunteers to provide companionship, through regular visits to ageing people receiving Commonwealth-subsidised aged care services.

Mrs Marino said this funding would help combat the sad cases of elderly loneliness in the South West.

“I know how much the older people they visit look forward to the social interaction,” Mrs Marino said.

“People who currently volunteer and visit older people do a wonderful job.

“It can be as simple as taking the time to ask how their day has been but it is fundamentally important for their wellbeing.

“That is why we would like as many local community groups as possible to consider applying for Community Visitors Scheme funding.”

Visits to people in residential aged care facilities can be to groups or one-on-one, while home care package recipients can benefit from individual visits.

In late 2016, the Turnbull Government commissioned a review of the Community Visitors Scheme and has now developed new guidelines and a draft operational manual to drive a nationally consistent approach to its implementation. The manual will be finalised in conjunction with funding recipients in 2019.

The funding starts on January 1 and continues through to 30 June 2021.

Applications close at 3pm (WST) on June 12. Information about how to apply is available through the Government’s grants information system: GrantConnect.