Friendly Visitor

(Acclaim Health, Community Support Services)

Position ID: V-HVC0516 Last Full Update: 26 Sep 2019
Opportunity Details
CommentsVolunteers 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.
ContactFrancine Savelson, Volunteer Engagment Coordinator, Acclaim Health; Phone: 905 827 8800 ext 2329; Email: fsavelson@acclaimhealth.ca
DutiesVisit 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
ClientsMost are seniors - some still fully mobile! All are social and hoping to make a new friend.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Newcomers / English as a second language
Areas of InterestCommunity 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/ExperienceCommunication & 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 LengthLong 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 LevelOne-on-one - some live with a spouse or caregiver (some have none).
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon
SeasonsYear Round ; Any time you can spare!
AccessibilityOur 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.
LocationClient's home in Halton
Number of PositionsActon ; Burlington ; Georgetown ; Milton ; Oakville 
 
40 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; 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.
TransportationNear public transit ; Driver License required ; Car required - Not required to take client out, but if comfortable then it is an option.
CostCost of Police check is not covered.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsSecond language is always an asset; Two positive references
Start DateOn or after 01 Oct 2019
Agency Details
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Organization NameAcclaim Health, Community Support Services
Office Phone905-827-8800
Toll Free Phone1-800-387-7127
Fax905-827-3390
E-Mailgeneralinquiries@acclaimhealth.ca
Websitewww.acclaimhealth.ca
Address & Map
2370 Speers Rd
Oakville, ON L6L 5M2