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Position Number: 2469
Position Title: Volunteer Seniors - Grandpals Project
Organization Name: The Story Garden
Area(s) of Interest: Culture & Heritage, Education & Learning, Youth Programs, Event Planning, Marketing/Promotion, Parent & Child Support, Program Coordination, Literacy, Senior Support, Transportation
Position Description: The 'Grandpals Project' needs seniors to volunteer in the following ways:

I. Story Circles (Tuesday (weekly) from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
- Seniors will share stories/experiences with children based on a theme (or object) suggested by the session facilitator
- Seniors also will have the opportunity to lead 'story circle' sessions
II. Story Keepers (Wednesday (weekly) from 1 - 4 pm)
- Seniors will document/share their stories/experiences through scrapbooking
III. 'Bridging the Gap' (Tuesday (weekly) from 3 - 5 pm)
- Seniors will reciprocate with teens (who will acquaint seniors with 'social media') by sharing 'pre-technology' games/crafts that remembers the 'old ways' and shows that they're still fun!

The Project seeks seniors to volunteer in a variety of roles. For example:
> 'Recruiters' (who will reach into the seniors' communities (associations, residences, etc.) to inform, invite, and secure participation by seniors)
> 'Activity Coordinators' (who will organize seniors and their transport to/from their residences)
> Seniors to help with language interpretation, if needed (in keeping with 'diversity and inclusiveness')
> Seniors to help market the weekly sessions ('get the word out')
> Seniors to monitor/assist in delivery of the weekly sessions

There are 'leadership roles' available (see separate 'posting' - 'Volunteer Lead - Grandpals Project')

PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY, as the project is ALREADY ACTIVE (FIRST 'tea party' - April 26th)! Thank you!
Goal of Position: The Story Garden is a space dedicated to promoting reading and inclusiveness, regardless of age, race, religion, language or culture, with programs aimed at fighting illiteracy within the communities we serve. Our Mission: Growing vibrant communities through the transforming power of literacy ... one child, one family, one neighbourhood at a time.

Our 'Grandpals Project', about to launch (lasting 52 weeks), includes 3 weekly programs and 5 (event) 'tea parties', all of which need seniors to volunteer towards their success. The Project foremost is for the engagement of older adults, and there are few better ways to engage with your community than being a volunteer!

Please see the balance of this 'posting' for details.
Position Benefits: + Great opportunity to join with other older adults and youth
+ Learn/enhance your skills/experience in respect of program coordination/promotion
+ 'Network' and expand your social circle
+ Add to your knowledge of your local community (especially its 'diversity and inclusiveness')
+ Enjoy constructive interaction with children and their families
+ Personal satisfaction that your volunteerism will have contributed towards the success of the 'Grandpals Project', an important outreach embracing seniors and youth
Training Details: 'Grandpals Project' orientation/training will be arranged, having regard to your specific role.
Position Qualifications: ● Minimum age - 55
● Solid oral/written English communication skills
● Prior programming/event experience welcome
● Friendly, engaging, confident in interaction with children (and teen youth)
● Fluency in another language welcome
● Organized, committed to abide by Project schedule(s)
● Willingness to volunteer as part of a team, and independently
Time Commitment: Tuesday Afternoon, Wednesday Afternoon
Duration: Long Term (More than 6 months)
Time Detail: 'Bridging the Gap': Tuesday's from 3 to 5 pm
'Story Circles': Tuesday's from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
'Story Keepers': Wednesday's from 1 to 4 pm

TEA PARTIES (see dates above, subject to change, specific times TBA)
Start Date: 2019-04-25
Min Age: 55
Ideal for: Individual, Group, Older Adults
Location: Sheridan Centre, Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Geographical Area(s): Mississauga, Brampton
Police Check: No
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace
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Website: http://www.thestorygarden.ca

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