Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) stories – Sarah and Betty
Sarah shares her experience as a Community Visitors Scheme volunteer and her friendship with Betty.
I started volunteering during the lockdown.
We started as virtual friends, so we didn't actually meet face to face, probably for about 9 months. And it was very exciting when we finally got to meet.
We've got sort of a regular coffee shop. Betty loves a chai, so we go and get a chai. So that was our first date, face to face.
I think we were both surprised at how easily we find things to talk about and how easily we get along.
Look who it is! Gave you a surprise. You look gorgeous.
Oh, you want to say hi to Betty?
Oh, come on.
Gday. You can hop up on my leg if you like.
Betty has a lot of good stories. So I enjoy hearing about travel stories and, you know, fun things that you've gotten up to over the years. So we always find things to talk about.
Oh well, you know, I’m pretty old now.
You’ve had lots of fun times, though, that I love hearing about.
I have had. I’ve had some jolly fun times.
A favourite experience with Betty probably was Christmas.
I asked her what she sort of missed the most, and the key answer obviously was family, but also prawns. So, I bought a whole bunch of prawns and a breadstick and some seafood sauce and then played some Christmas carols and we sat and had prawns and bread and exchanged presents.
That was really special – to have a little mini Christmas together.
We have done some funny things, haven’t we?
We do our birthdays. Our birthdays are very close.
April babies we are. So that …
It's a busy month.
… offers us a chance to have a party.
We have little parties. We’ve had lunch down at the beach, you know, on the clifftop.
Oh, prawns. I'll always remember prawns.
It's definitely brought me a new friend and I have learnt a lot.
If anybody thinks of volunteering like a chore, it's not that at all.
It's something that I look forward to every week.
Like, I probably wouldn't even call it volunteering. It's sort of visiting a friend.
If you're thinking about becoming a volunteer, 100% do it. It's incredibly rewarding
and I think very important, so definitely do it.
How does it make you feel when Sarah comes?
Oh, very happy. She's made a big difference to my life.