TIME TO PARTY: About 30 volunteers and aged care home activity officers gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Community Visitors Scheme in Ulmarra yesterday.
TIME TO PARTY: About 30 volunteers and aged care home activity officers gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Community Visitors Scheme in Ulmarra yesterday.

Celebrating 20 years of visits

EACH week more than 30 volunteers from the Community Visitors Scheme visit aged care residents in the Clarence Valley.

This week they met to celebrate the anniversary of the scheme, which has provided one-on-one friendship and a valuable link to the community for the past 20 years.

Organised by the New School of the Arts, the event is a major milestone for the program.

Project officer Simone McPherson said the Community Visitors Scheme was a win-win for everyone involved.

"Older people have a wealth of knowledge and stories to share... community visitors are continually surprised by what each visit will bring," Mrs McPherson said.

"Each relationship is unique."

Volunteer Christine Browne of Tucabia was there, with her friend Bev Hudson who is a resident of Rathgar Lodge in Ulmarra.

A former lifeline counsellor, Ms Browne said she was looking for a change and joined the scheme about a year ago.

"We meet once a week and often go out for morning tea," she said.

"Bev is vision-impaired so sometimes she needs help with her craft work."

Bev said she looked forward to the weekly visits.



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