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Wesley Community Visitors Scheme

Welcome to Wesley Community Visitors Scheme

Welcome to Wesley Community Visitors Scheme

Origins

For two decades Wesley Mission volunteers in the Newcastle region have been befriending older people in the community through the Wesley Community Visitors Scheme. This national program, funded by the Australian Government, has been running for 21 years and, for most of that time, Wesley Mission has been a provider of the program.

The Wesley Community Visitors Scheme in Newcastle was originally delivered by Newcastle City Mission and then came into the Wesley Mission family when Newcastle City Mission merged with Wesley Mission in 1999.

Throughout its 20 years of service, the Wesley Community Visitors Scheme has had just three Program Coordinators: a testimony to the commitment and dedication of those who deliver this valuable program. Over this time the program has expanded and is currently funded for more than 100 Volunteers.

There are also a number of long-term Volunteers of the program who have been with the program for more than 15 years.

The Community Visitors Scheme was expanded in 2014 to include home visits to people receiving assistance through a Home Care Package, in both the Hunter and the Central Coast regions.

The Wesley Community Visitors Scheme is delivered by various organisations and agencies throughout Australia and there are currently more than 150 programs being delivered nationally.

Fast facts

Fast Facts Wesley Community Visitors Scheme

In 2014/15, Wesley Community Visitors Scheme supported 940 clients, Wesley Help at Home Services delivered 637 care packages, and Wesley Domestic Assistance helped 701 clients.

Find out more in the 2015 Annual Report: Strength. Spirit. Hope.

Commitment to care

Wesley Mission is committed to giving people every opportunity to live a full and happy life. This includes doing all we can to provide older people with the friendships they need and a strong network of support. Wesley Mission aims to enhance the spiritual, emotional and social wellbeing of people and our Wesley Community Visitors Scheme is designed around this.

The Wesley Community Visitors Scheme complements a vast array of Wesley Mission’s other services that support the wellbeing of older people, such as Wesley Home Modification & Maintenance services, aged care facilities and community support programs.

At Wesley Mission we place a high regard on respecting the privacy, dignity and freedom of choice of those we work with.

Wesley Mission’s values

Find out more about Wesley Mission’s values and core beliefs.

Vision and values