Friendly Visitor

(Links2Care, Oakville, Community Social Services Programs)

Position ID: V-HVC0099 Last Full Update: 05 Nov 2018
Opportunity Details
CommentsLinks2Care is looking for volunteers to provide companionship to seniors and adults with disabilities.
ContactPatty Colautti, Volunteer Coordinator, Links2Care; Phone: 905-844-0252 ext 165 * 905-873-6502 ext 165 * 1-866-920-6502 ext 165; Email: pcolautti@links2care.ca
DutiesTo provide companionship services to isolated seniors and adults with disabilities in their homes or to go on outings in the community.  
Visits may include conversation, games, activities of interest and /or outings in the local community. Time Commitment of 1-2 hours per week. 
Currently looking for English, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, German speaking men and women in Halton. Other languages as needed.
More Info Linkwww.links2care.ca
BenefitsImprove your social skills, connect with your community and gain experience with seniors or adults with disabilities. Volunteers feel a sense of accomplishment and reward knowing that they are helping someone in need.
ClientsSeniors or adults with disabilities who are living independently in the community
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Newcomers / English as a second language ; Couples
Areas of InterestCommunity / Neighbourhood Volunteering ; Community Outreach ; Friend / Penpal ; Games ; Health Care ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Personal Support ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Translation & Languages ; Patience, reliability, understanding, caring, good communication and listening skills, and the ability to socialize.  
Some knowledge of seniors and/or adults with disabilities is helpful.
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term ; would appreciate a 1 year commitment
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesVisits are flexible and are scheduled around volunteer and client schedules but should visit on average one hour a week.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityUnknown - depending on location
LocationVisits are in client homes. Location of client's homes varies by community.
Number of PositionsBurlington: 10 individual(s) ; Milton: 5 individual(s) ; Oakville: 10 individual(s) 
 
25 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training on-going ; Orientation to the program. Other training opportunities are offered as available. Ongoing support from coordinator(s) is provided year round
TransportationVolunteer is responsible to find transportation to and from the clients home
CostVolunteers are responsible to obtain a Police Background Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screening prior to being matched. Once volunteers begin in the program, half of the cost of the police check is reimbursed
Police CheckRequired
Agency Details
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Organization NameLinks2Care, Oakville, Community Social Services Programs
Office Phone905-844-0252
Toll Free Phone1-866-920-6502
Fax905-844-5656
E-Mailinfo@links2care.ca
Websitelinks2care.ca/
Address & Map
2030 Bristol Circle, Suite 202
Oakville, ON L6H 0H2