Friendly Visiting Volunteer
(Acclaim Health, Community Support Services)
Opportunity Details: Friendly Visiting Volunteer
As a valued volunteer, we would like to extend an invitation to you to consider participating in our Friendly Visiting Program or recommend this opportunity to family and friends!
About the Friendly Visiting Program: An Easy and Fun Volunteer Opportunity!
Our Friendly Visiting Program offers an enjoyable volunteer experience where you can make a positive impact in your community. By visiting isolated older adults in their homes, you have the opportunity to bring joy and companionship into their lives. Whether engaging in conversation, playing games, pursuing shared interests, or even going on outings, your time and company are genuinely appreciated.
Engage and Brighten Someone's Day:
The essence of this program is to brighten someone else's day through simple yet meaningful interactions. Depending on the client's preferences, you might take them on outings, assist with errands, or simply share a cup of coffee. Your friendly visits create a connection that goes beyond the ordinary and can make a significant difference in the lives of those you visit.
Skills and Experience:
Just 1-2 hours per week
|Tanya Peche-Hopley, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Acclaim Health; Phone: (Business) 905-827-8800 ext 2329; Fax: 905-827-3390; Email: email@example.com
Volunteers are always needed for lonely, isolated older adults. One visit per week can bring a lonely older adult a huge sense of worth and happiness. Those who are isolated, often find their recall of daily details is frosted over. A little social contact can melt that ice and bring warmth to you both.
Visits are weekly for as little as one-hour time commitment for an in-home visit or a couple of hours if you care to take them to an activity in which you share an interest such as coffee, shopping, attending an art show, live music, or even go for a walk by the lake. By volunteering, you may also be providing some much-needed support to a caregiver or family member simply by visiting one of our wonderful clients.
Your visit helps maintain and encourage the client's confidence and independence.
|More Info Link
|* Great practical experience for a resume
* Networking and community support information
* Ongoing support from your Care Manager
* Free Educational seminars
* Volunteer appreciation events
|Older adults who are isolated
|18 year(s) and up
|Adults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Newcomers / English as a second language
|Areas of Interest
|Community Outreach ; Games ; Gardening / Yard Work ; Music & Performing Arts ; Physical Fitness & Exercise ; Recreation & Sports ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled ; Translation / Languages / Interpretation
|Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Creativity ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Elder Care ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Translation & Languages ; Respect confidentiality. Want to make life better through a friendly connection. Genuinely interested in older adults.
|Long Term - We ask you to assume an ongoing commitment, upon completion of your orientation, for a minimum of one year ; We are very understanding and accommodating of vacations/holidays, personal and sick time but no one wants to make a friend only to have them leave within a month or two. Matches are always flexible and will be changed if not a good fit for you.
|1 / Week
|Unknown - Some clients homes are accessible for volunteers with a wheelchair/walker. Most client residences are accessible by public transit or your own mode of transportation.
|Client's home in Halton
|Number of Positions
|Acton ; Burlington ; Georgetown ; Milton ; Oakville
45 individual(s) needed in total.
|Orientation ; Training is provided - Specific client needs and best practices reviewed before introduction. ; Scheduled training ; Training on-going ; Free seminars and support/training as needed while with client.
|Near public transit ; Car required - NOT required to take client out, but if comfortable then it is an option.
|The cost of Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) is not covered, but you get to keep the original copy
|Interview, two suitable references, vulnerable sector check, and attend a mandatory online orientation session.
|On or after 09 Nov 2023