Community Support

Many of our community volunteers are also clients and through their own experiences they provide valuable support and motivation to other clients on how to live their lives positively.

Community Support

Our community volunteers or VICTASS (Volunteer in Care and Treatment of AIDS TB and Cancer Support System) provide a very valuable service to those clients who are bedridden and require home nursing care. They wash, cook, provide drinking water and carry out many other tasks to help patients. They also work with the community to identify sick people suffering in their homes. They have achieved great inroads with clients in: adherence to drugs, mainly through counting client’s pills when they visit to ensure the medication is being taken correctly; education and reduction of stigma associated with HIV/AIDS with most clients now able to talk about AIDS without fear of discrimination.
The challenge for our team is the increasing number of new clients needing our help and we therefore need more trained carers to support our programs.

‘I treat our patients with dignity and respect. I listen to what they have to say, respecting their need for confidentiality and privacy. There are people who live in denial and anger, as their community volunteer, I let them know that it is okay to talk about their feelings or to show anger. More often I find myself sharing my concerns and feelings and this helps them to understand that they are not alone, we have all been there. I love doing my job, when my clients are happy, I am also very happy!