What is Home and Community Care and Commonwealth Home Support Programme?
The Tasmanian and Australian Governments fund the Tasmanian Home and Community Care¹ (Tas HACC) and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme² (CHSP). These pay-for-community service programs are for senior Tasmanians and their carers to live independently at home if their capacity for independent living is at risk due to:
- a health event
- living with an ongoing health condition. For people that need ongoing support and do not meet the eligibility for the NDIS
Organisations (providers) who are funded to provide these vital community services engage volunteer workforces to deliver a variety of roles to their clients.
Why is the program important to our Tasmanian community?
Most people value being able to live in their own homes and community for as long as possible. Some people need help to stay safe in their home and be a part of their local community. Sometimes help is provided by a carer, relatives, or friends, but people may also need help from other services and supports from volunteers. The Home and Community Care programs help older Australians access entry-level support services to live independently and safely at home.
What volunteer roles are available?
Volunteers play a vital role in supporting people in their homes through the Home and Community Care programs. A wide range of volunteering opportunities are available, and many can be adapted to suit the circumstances of the volunteer. Approximately 60 organisations provide volunteering opportunities in Tasmania in the following areas:
Still Gardening volunteers