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Position: 2459 - Friendly Visitor Volunteer
Organization: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Peel-Dufferin Chapter
Position Address: Various Long Term Care facilities in Mississauga
Location: Mississauga
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace, Wheelchair Accessible Parking, Fully Accessible Workplace
Ideal for: Individual, Newcomers, Older Adults
Working together with a resident of a LTC (Long Term Care) facility and the MS Society, the program goals are:

- To reduce social isolation
- To provide support, companionship, and appropriate activities to your 'matched' resident
- To provide information about MS, the MS Society and appropriate community resources
- To increase the MS Society's awareness of the needs/issues of individuals living in continuing care

The MS Society of Canada is here to ensure that no one faces MS (Multiple Sclerosis - an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system) alone. In communities across Canada, our volunteers and staff provide information, support, educational events and other resources for people with MS and their families.

Our 'Friendly Visiting' program is community outreach that improves the quality of life of isolated persons with MS living in 'long term care' (LTC) homes, by fostering supportive relationships between the residents and a volunteer (you).

When a volunteer is coming to visit, it brightens the day for a resident in LTC with MS, and as a volunteer, to see the happiness and acceptance in the faces of the people who are receiving visits, you know that the program is providing something special and that your day will be brighter, too.

> Improved interpersonal skills including increased empathy, listening, and communication skills
> Improved problem solving and mediation skills
> Increased knowledge of MS, the MS Society of Canada, and of community resources
> Increased knowledge of long-term care and disability issues
> Personal satisfaction in knowing that you are providing support for another individual
> Discovery and exploration of personal strengths and increase in self-confidence
> Flexible hours
> Reference letter

Position Qualifications
● Length of volunteering engagement - 1 YEAR (following being 'matched' and trained)
● Weekly (biweekly) time commitment: Length of visit usually 1-2 hours, or as agreed
● Monthly tracking/reporting to the program coordinator (visits and their outcome/progress)
● Satisfactory completion of the application process, including training
● Satisfactory 'Police Vulnerable Sector Check'
● Compliance with MS Society policies/procedures, and the LTC facility's rules for visitors
● Reporting urgent needs/issues in respect of the resident to the MS Society and/or the LTC facility
Min Age: 18    Police Check: Yes

Time Commitment
Duration:Long Term (More than 6 months)
Monday Morning, Monday Afternoon, Monday Evening, Tuesday Morning, Tuesday Afternoon, Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Morning, Wednesday Afternoon, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Morning, Thursday Afternoon, Thursday Evening, Friday Morning, Friday Afternoon, Friday Evening, Saturday Morning, Saturday Afternoon, Saturday Evening, Sunday Morning, Sunday Afternoon, Sunday Evening, Anytime
Flexible volunteering as scheduled.

A weekly (or biweekly) time commitment is expected for visits to residents (each visit lasting 1-2 hours).

Following the completion of a volunteer application, an interview, and volunteer screening, the volunteer will receive a general volunteer orientation and will then receive a thorough Friendly Visiting orientation.

Once orientation is complete, the volunteer will be trained and 'matched' with a person with MS. This Friendly Visiting partnership will then be monitored by the Chapter, Programs and Services Coordinator.

Area(s) of Interest: Healthcare, Life Skills & Accessibility, Senior Support
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