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About the Position
Position: 834 - 'Friendly Visiting' Volunteer
Organization: Indus Community Services
Position Address: Various locations in Peel region
Location: Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon
Accessibility: Unknown
Ideal for: Individual, Co-Op Placements, Newcomers, Older Adults
Description
● Visit clients in their homes or assisted living facilities
● Build a supportive relationship through conversation and discussion
● Actively participate in activities which are of interest to the client (e.g. playing cards/games, crafts, sharing recipes or jokes or reading)
● Complete the Friendly Visiting Monthly Service Record by calling the 'Friendly Visiting' Coordinator on a 'per visit' basis or at the end of every month to report volunteer hours for mandatory statistical reporting
● Report issues, concerns and all incidents to the 'Friendly Visiting' Coordinator
● Notify the Friendly Visiting Coordinator of any anticipated extended absences
● Adhere to the vision, mission and guiding values of the organization and the Friendly Visiting program
● Represent Indus in a professional manner at all times
● Arrive on time and be committed to the agency and the agreed upon hours
● Assist with all other tasks, as assigned

MINIMUM 1 hour weekly visit at a mutually agreed upon time (Scheduling involves Mon through Sun: 9am to 7pm)

PLEASE APPLY AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY (there is an IMMEDIATE NEED for volunteers)

Goal
INDUS Community Services is a charity with significant presence in Peel region (MIssissauga, Brampton, Caledon). Our mission is to support growing communities, to
manage change through quality, client-centred, social & health services and responsive public education.

We seek volunteers who can visit home bound clients, who are lonely, isolated, physically and/or cognitively impaired. Volunteers would be interacting with clients with Alzheimer's, Dementia, and/or varying mental health concerns. Visitations would be in person, in the comfort of the client’s home, hospital or assisted living setting. Volunteers would provide social support and companionship, and engage clients in meaningful and stimulating activities of interest.

As Peel sees increasing age in its residents, the need for these services is both growing and critical.

Benefits
> 'Friendly Visiting' allows volunteers to gain valuable experience in skills related to helping older residents of Peel, while enhancing their communication skills, resourcefulness, and engagement within their communities
> Personal satisfaction that you will make an ongoing, vital difference in the lives of senior residents of Peel region

Position Qualifications
● Patient, caring, empathetic, and compassionate (able to establish a good rapport with Indus clients)
● Ability to accept people as they are and a sincere desire to assist frail, elderly, and/or cognitively impaired seniors
● Experience working with frail, elderly and/or cognitively impaired seniors is an asset
● Good listening, interpersonal, and communication skills (English as well as one or more South Asian languages, eg. Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, and Arabic)
● A sense of humour and sensitivity to cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity
● Respect for and adherence to confidentiality at all times
● Minimum of 4 months commitment (prefer 6-8 months), with a minimum requirement of 1 hour per week
● Must complete all required volunteer orientation and training sessions.
● The following documentation is mandatory for this position: current Police Record Check including Vulnerable Screening (obtained within the last 90 days)
Min Age: 18    Police Check: Yes

Time Commitment
Duration:Long Term (More than 6 months)
Start Date:2020-01-20
End Date:2021-08-31
Anytime
SOMEWHAT FLEXIBLE: A 6 to 8 months commitment is preferred for this role
Minimum required commitment - 4 months
(See 'Description', above)

Training
Scheduled training - Training will be provided to all 'Friendly visiting' volunteers.

Area(s) of Interest: Healthcare, Life Skills & Accessibility, Senior Support, Multilingual
How to Contact
Send an Email Message
Social Media
http://induscs.ca
https://www.facebook.com/IndusCommunityServices/
https://twitter.com/Indus_Helps
https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/402482/


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