Leisure Link Volunteer

(Burlington. Parks and Recreation, Programs for Individuals with Disabilities)

Position ID: V-HVC0666 Last Full Update: 31 Jul 2019
Opportunity Details
CommentsSuitable for individuals interested in working with children or adolescents in a program setting. Also for those who have a sincere interest in working with people who have special needs.
ContactSharon Hutchinson, Recreation Programmer - Child, Youth & Family, City of Burlington; Phone: 905-335-7720 ext 6439; Email: youthprograms@burlington.ca
DutiesThe role of a Leisure Link Volunteer is to be matched with a person who has special needs and support him/her in the Fall/Winter/Spring program setting on a one-to-one basis. Together, they will participate in leisure activities and tasks that take place during the program time.
BenefitsAs a Leisure Link, each day there are opportunities to make an individual's program experience an incredible one and support them as they experience activities for the first time in their lives. It is truly a life-changing opportunity.
ClientsThe Leisure Link Volunteers are linked with individuals within City of Burlington children's programs that require additional one-to-one support to be included and succeed in the programs. The "links" may or may not have a disability.
Ages14 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDYes
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Youth (12-18) ; Highschool students ; Post-secondary students ; Newcomers / English as a second language
Areas of InterestRecreation & Sports ; Special Needs / Differently Abled ; Youth & Activity Camp Support ; Youth Engagement
Skills/ExperienceConfidentiality ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Team Work ; Working with Children ; The Leisure Link Volunteer program is for you if you are interested in working with children or adolescents within the recreational setting. You must possess a willingness to have fun and actively participate within the program and maintain a positive, supportive role in the life of the participant you are linked with while they are at camp! 
Fall/Winter/Spring programs beginning in September for a variety of ages from 0-18 a swell as our adult program for 18+ participants with a disability.
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) - program sessions run in terms and are typically once per week for 9, 10 or 12 weeks. ; The Leisure Link Volunteer position requires at least 1 session of volunteering at a time. This allows volunteers to build rapport and get to know the individual that they are linked with during program.  
For Winter and March Break camp, this can be a shorter time frame. You are welcome to volunteer beyond this time frame.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group
Minimum Hours3 / Week
Dates and TimesWeekly programs with hours morning, afternoon and evening depending on the program area of interest. 
All individuals interested in becoming a part of the Leisure Link Volunteer team will be asked to complete Volunteer Training and Orientation and to submit a Police Record Check (with Vulnerable Sector Check) prior to the start of their placement.
SeasonsYear Round ; City of Burlington programs run throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. These include summer camps, March Break camp, Winter camp, and general recreation programs.
AccessibilityFully Accessible ; Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall ; This is dependent on site volunteering at. All are accessible, but some have multiple levels.
LocationCity of Burlington programs run out of various schools and Burlington facilities across the city.
Number of PositionsBurlington: 15 individual(s) 
15 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training on the job ; Each Leisure Link Volunteer must attend a mandatory training session.
Transportationdepends on site what transportation is available.
CostThe Leisure Link Volunteer program is free.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsA volunteer police check with vulnerable screening is required to volunteer. If under 18 only a police record check is required.
Start DateOn or after 16 Sep 2019
End Date20 Jun 2020
Agency Details
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Organization NameBurlington. Parks and Recreation, Programs for Individuals with Disabilities
Office Phone905-335-7600
Toll Free Phone1-877-213-3609
Address & Map
Burlington, ON
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Mailing Addressc/o Youth Programs 
PO Box 5013 
426 Brant St 
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6