(Acclaim Health, Community Support Services)
|Comments||Volunteers always needed for lonely, isolated Seniors - some who do not speak English. |
One visit per week can bring a lonely Senior a huge sense of worth and happiness. Seniors 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 and your new Senior Friend.
|Contact||Francine Savelson, Volunteer Engagment Coordinator, Acclaim Health; Phone: 905 827 8800 ext 2329; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Duties||Visit a socially isolated Senior in their own home. You can provide sunshine by making a new friend with a client who is still very social, friendly and happy to see you but is experiencing challenges with their memory. Many are still very physically able. |
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, attend an art show, live music, even 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.
We have a long list of non-English speaking clients waiting for company.
|Benefits||- Free training available |
- Great practical experience for a resume
- Networking and community support information
- Ongoing support from your Program Coordinator
- Free Educational seminars
- Volunteer lunch, Strawberry Social with clients, appreciation events
|Clients||Most are seniors - some still fully mobile! All are social and hoping to make a new friend.|
|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 ; Event Coordination & Support ; Friend / Penpal ; Games ; Gardening / Yard Work ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Music & Performing Arts ; Physical Fitness & Exercise ; Reading / Literacy ; Recreation & Sports ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled ; Translation / Languages / Interpretation|
|Skills/Experience||Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Counseling & Support - support ONLY - by sharing and listening. Support provides independence ; 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 seniors.|
|Commitment Length||Long Term - We ask for a minimum of 1 year commitment ; 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 - some live with a spouse or caregiver (some have none).|
|Minimum Hours||1 / Week|
|Dates and Times||Monday: Morning, Afternoon |
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon
Friday: Morning, Afternoon
|Seasons||Year Round ; Any time you can spare!|
|Accessibility||Our office is accessible. |
Some client 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 |
40 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 ; Driver License required ; Car required - Not required to take client out, but if comfortable then it is an option.|
|Cost||Cost of Police check is not covered.|
|Additional Requirements||Second language is always an asset; Two positive references|
|Start Date||On or after 01 Oct 2019|
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|Organization Name||Acclaim Health, Community Support Services|
|Toll Free Phone||1-800-387-7127|
|Address & Map|
2370 Speers Rd
Oakville, ON L6L 5M2