Memory Visiting Volunteer Pilot Project

(Acclaim Health, Community Support Services)

Position ID: V-HVC0928 Last Full Update: 05 Sep 2019
Opportunity Details
CommentsJoin in on this exciting 6 month pilot project! 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 physically able.  
The time you spend during your weekly visit can be putting together a scrapbook, playing card games, or coming up with a creative and fun activity to do with your client over a 6 month period.
ContactFrancine Savelson, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Acclaim Health; Phone: 905-827-8800 ext 2329 * 289-838-4610; Email: fsavelson@acclaimhealth.ca
DutiesJoin in on this exciting 6-month pilot project! 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 physically able.  
The time you spend during your weekly visit can be putting together a scrapbook, playing card games, or coming up with a creative and fun activity to do with your client over a 6 month period. 
 
Provide social support for clients who are experiencing challenges with their memory, but still look forward to social and friendly visits.
More Info Linkwww.acclaimhealth.ca
BenefitsFree orientation 
Ongoing support from your Program Coordinator 
Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Program 
Special volunteer Events and Training
ClientsExperiencing some memory challenges
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Newcomers / English as a second language
Areas of InterestArts & Crafts ; Community Outreach ; Friend / Penpal ; Games ; Health Care ; Reading / Literacy ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support - Support only - no counselling ; Creativity ; Customer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Elder Care ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Sports & Coaching ; Volunteers who speak various languages are needed
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) - 6 month project ; Visits take place once a week for about 1 hour in the client's home / apartment / supported living / retirement home.
Interaction LevelOne-on-One with client. Ongoing communication with Program Coordinator
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon (Limited no. of clients on the weekend) 
Sunday: Morning, Afternoon (Limited no. of clients on the weekend)
SeasonsSpring ; Summer ; Fall ; Winter ; Perfect opportunity for those individuals who are only here for 6-9 months a year: travel in the summer, go to cottage for the summer months; have children home over the holidays; go visit their family for an extended time
AccessibilityDepends on accessibility of the client's home. Retirement homes will be accessible.
Number of PositionsBurlington ; Milton ; Oakville 
 
10 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training on-going - Optional educational workshops offered to those volunteers who are interested
TransportationNear public transit ; Car preferred but willingness to use public transportation is always an option
Application Deadline01 Mar 2020
Cost$30.00 Vulnerable sector Police Clearance (cost not covered but you can keep the original report )
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsAttend an interview / Provide two references / Attend an orientation training
Start DateOn or after 01 Oct 2019 and on or before 01 Mar 2020
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