Friendly Visitor - Oakville, Milton, Burlington

(Links2Care, Oakville, Community Support Services)

Position ID: V-HVC0099 Last Full Update: 27 Jan 2022
Opportunity Details
ContactKatie, Volunteer and Friendly Visiting Coordinator, Links2Care; Email: kcraig@links2care.ca
DutiesTo provide companionship services to isolated seniors and adults with disabilities by going on outings, walks in the community, playing games, or having conversations in an outdoor setting.  
 
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 Highschool Credit HoursNo
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 ; At least a six month commitment would be preferred.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Visiting the same person each week.
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
AccessibilityDepending on location.
LocationVisits are currently socially distanced, outside. Location of clients vary by community.
Number of PositionsBurlington: 10 individual(s) ; Milton: 10 individual(s) ; Oakville: 10 individual(s) 
 
30 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 have or find transportation to and from the client's location.
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
Additional Requirements1 million dollar liability car insurance is required.
Agency Details
Organization NameLinks2Care, Oakville, Community Support Services
Office Phone905-844-0252
Toll Free Phone1-866-920-6502
Fax905-844-5656
E-Mailinfo@links2care.ca
Websitewww.links2care.ca/program/care-at-home/
Address & Map
2030 Bristol Circle, Suite 202
Oakville, ON L6H 0H2