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Friendly Visitor Volunteer

Posted: August 06, 2019

Region: Timmins, Ontario

Application deadline: July 30, 2020

The Canadian Red Cross Society, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the most vulnerable throughout the world, is seeking Friendly Visitor Volunteers for the Community Health and Wellness department.  Volunteers will report to the Community Support Services Coordinators.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provides regular visits to assigned older adult clients, offering companionship, conversation and engagement in meaningful activities.
  • Performs regular outbound phone calls to assigned older adult clients.
  • Provides client centered support including referrals to other services.
  • Maintains timely and accurate records.
  • Reports any health or safety concerns to the Supervisor.
  • Provides monthly activity reports to Supervisor.
  • Contributes to a healthy and safe working environment.

Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to listen and empathize with client concerning personal and/or health-related issues.
  • An ability to accept elderly persons as they are.
  • An ability to respect their confidences.
  • Knowledge and understanding of concerns that might arise with older adults.
  • General knowledge of local community resources and events.
  • Encourage involvement in activities the client believes he/she can participate in.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal or distance supervision and as part of an effective team.
  • Clear understanding of privacy and confidentiality.
  • Current Standard First Aid certification, or willingness to take training.
  • This position requires a satisfactory Canadian Criminal Record Reference check and a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Check.

Working Conditions
  • The majority of the work is performed in client homes which are mainly clean and comfortable. May involve working alone.
  • The hours for this position are flexible and dependent on client need and volunteer availability. 
  • A minimum one-year commitment preferred.
  • Local travel is required.

This position requires a successful Canadian criminal record check.  The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants, please APPLY HERE.

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