Primary Category :
Visiting / Accompanying Positions
Type of Position :
Long-Term (3 months or more)
Description & Details
Friendly Visiting - Italian, Portuguese and Cantonese an asset
The goal of the Friendly Visiting Program is to help seniors and people with disabilities who have limited social contacts to maintain healthy, independent living.
Using regular contact, both in person and via the telephone, volunteers provide friendship and support to encourage independence and social contact.
Volunteer Duties & Responsibilities :
Must have a genuine interest in the well being and happiness of seniors and people with disabilities
Must willing and able to listen, share and care, are committed to providing support and friendship to isolated people
Must be available to maintain regular contact with the client and program coordinator
Arrange in advance a suitable time to visit
Visit for approximately one hour
Identify needs and assist in connecting the client to other appropriate services
Complete the volunteer checklist and return to the office
Participation in volunteer job related training workshops and meetings
Skills Required :
Must have good communication skills in English. A second language is an asset. At the moment our greatest language needs are Italian, Portuguese and Cantonese.
Must have an interest in seniors and disabled persons' issues
Must be friendly, reliable, responsible, non-judgemental and non-discriminating
Must be flexible and have a willing to learn
Orientation, Training and Benefits :
Staff provides orientation and training before volunteers are placed in the program
On-going support provided by staff
On-going training workshop opportunities and get-togethers provided throughout the year
TTC tickets provided
Volunteer Commitment :
1 hour a week, flexible according to volunteer / client's schedule
minimum of 6 months
A Vulnerable Sector Police Check is required for this position.
248 Ossington Ave
416) 532-4828 ext.171, 105