Friendly Visiting Volunteer

(Acclaim Health, Community Support Services)

Position ID: V-HVC0441
Last Full Update: 09 Feb 2024

Opportunity Details: Friendly Visiting Volunteer

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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:

  • Excellent active listener
  • Friendly, compassionate, and caring
  • Able to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Attendance at an orientation session

Commitment:

Just 1-2 hours per week

Contact Tanya Peche-Hopley, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Acclaim Health; Phone: (Business) 905-827-8800 ext 2329; Fax: 905-827-3390; Email: tpeche-hopley@acclaimhealth.ca
Duties

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 https://acclaimhealth.ca/volunteer/friendly-visiting-volunteer/
Benefits * Great practical experience for a resume 
* Networking and community support information 
* Ongoing support from your Care Manager 
* Free Educational seminars 
* Volunteer appreciation events
Clients Older adults who are isolated
Ages 18 year(s) and up
Suitable For 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
Skills/Experience 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.
Commitment Length 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.
Interaction Level One-on-one
Minimum Hours 1 / Week
Seasons Year Round
Accessibility 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.
Location Client's home in Halton
Number of Positions Acton ; Burlington ; Georgetown ; Milton ; Oakville 
 
45 individual(s) needed in total.
Training 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.
Transportation Near public transit ; Car required - NOT required to take client out, but if comfortable then it is an option.
Cost The cost of Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) is not covered, but you get to keep the original copy
Police Check Required
Additional Requirements Interview, two suitable references, vulnerable sector check, and attend a mandatory online orientation session.
Start Date On or after 09 Nov 2023

Agency Details: Acclaim Health, Community Support Services

Office Phone 905-827-8800
Toll Free Phone 1-800-387-7127
Fax 905-827-3390
E-Mail mcameron@acclaimhealth.ca
Website www.acclaimhealth.ca
Address & Map
2370 Speers Rd
Oakville, ON L6L 5M2
 
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