In a world often dominated by the hustle and bustle of modern life, it's all too easy for some to be left behind, including the elderly.

However, amidst the chaos, there are shining beacons of hope like Kathy and Roger, whose story exemplifies the power of human connection and community support.

Kathy is a dedicated volunteer with HBNC's Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS), a program designed to provide companionship and support to seniors who may be at risk of social isolation.

Her inspiration to become a volunteer visitor stems from a deep-seated belief in the importance of giving back to the community.

"I decided to volunteer to befriend an older member of our community because they are a vulnerable group who are often left without family or friends," Kathy shares.

Her bond with Roger, one of the beneficiaries of the program, is nothing short of heart-warming.

Despite Roger's declining health and fading memory, their weekly visits are filled with laughter, stories, and shared experiences.

"We have enjoyed weekly visits and have never been short of conversation and stories to share," Kathy says.

Roger, whose once adventurous spirit now finds solace in the comfort of Kathy's companionship, cherishes these visits immensely.

"We have common interests and advice, and so we like conversing. It is good if someone is lonely," he says.

For him, Kathy's presence brings not only joy but also a sense of purpose and belonging to his day-to-day life.

Their outings, whether to a café by the water or to a local community event, are cherished moments that brighten Roger's days.

"Time at the beach was good for relaxation," he reflects, reminiscing about their time spent enjoying the serene views and soothing sounds of the sea.

But their bond goes beyond mere outings; it's about creating lasting memories and fostering meaningful connections.

Roger's advice to fellow seniors hesitant to engage with volunteer visitors speaks volumes about the transformative power of these interactions.

"The more you talk, the more you learn. The more you listen, the more you learn. The more social you've been, the more news you have to share, even if it's good news or bad news. It's never-ending once you get going," he wisely imparts.

As Kathy and Roger's journey demonstrates, the simple act of companionship can have a profound impact on the lives of those who may feel forgotten or overlooked.

Through programs like ACVVS and the dedication of volunteers like Kathy, we can create a more inclusive and compassionate society where no one is left to navigate the twilight years alone.