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About the Position
Position:
2871 - Friendly Visiting - Friendly Phone Calls or 'Virtual' Visiting (Multilingual) > Active NOW!
Organization:
Position Address:
From the volunteer's residence > VIRTUALLY
Location:
Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Virtual

Goal

MICBA Forum Italia Community Services (Forum Italia) operates a Supportive Housing Program with the purpose of providing Attendant Services to seniors 65 and over in permanent community residential settings when their support service needs require the availability of 24-hour, on-site assistance. The role of any Supportive Housing program is to provide an alternative to Long Term Care facilities while maintaining people’s independence and integration into their communities. Ours is a multicultural initiative that has matured into an established presence, highly regarded in the community that we serve.

We have always recognized the challenges that older adults (especially seniors 65+) face in terms of being isolated within their communities, and in feeling genuinely lonely. Such isolation and loneliness often lead to physical and emotional health issues that seriously compromise a senior's enjoyment of life.

Given the physical restrictions of COVID-19, we have adapted our highly successful volunteering role: 'Friendly Visiting Volunteer' to a 'virtual' approach: Friendly Visiting - Friendly Phone Calls or 'Virtual' Visiting, and we seek volunteers who will purposefully engage and socialize with our seniors on a continuous basis. Volunteers will be carefully paired with residents based on language (see Qualifications, below) or cultural background to assist with accessibility and language barriers that prevent them from participating in social programs. Our volunteers, even remotely, will give our seniors individually feelings of belonging and purpose, and the belief that they matter, and next to nothing compares with that!



Description

After careful screening of your volunteer application (see Qualifications, below), you will be 'matched' to at least one senior whom Forum Italia believes is most compatible and suitable. Working with staff, how you will 'connect virtually' (eg. phone, online visually) will be determined and a weekly schedule will be set, having regard to the senior's needs, preferences, and to your availability (see Time Commitment, below).

An orientation about how you introduce yourself to your 'match', with suggested topics for conversation, will be provided (incl. reminiscing/story telling). Volunteers are encouraged to be faithful to their call schedule, plus both prepared, engaging, and empathetic. Visiting in a friendly way is easier than you think, and we'll help you 'break the ice'!

Volunteers also are asked to listen closely to the needs and interests of their seniors, so that you can be imaginative and creative about your conversation and suggestions for mutual activities. We will ask you to respect the privacy and confidentiality of those whom you assist, while telling us of any concerns that you may have about your 'match' (especially ongoing health, essential needs, etc.) Administratively, you will track your time volunteering through 'Volunteer Impact' (details to be provided).

PLEASE APPLY AT YOUR EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY. Easily access the Forum Italia online volunteer application process by creating a volunteer 'profile' with Volunteer MBC, then 'click' the yellow box 'Apply Now!', (above/below). You may also access the website directly (see Social Media, below). Thank you!


Benefits

+ Excellent opportunity to become part of your community's COVID-19 response, with focus on residents who really need, plus are bound to benefit from, your assistance

+ Pursue your interest (possibly augment your career prep) in caregiving for older adults (add to your experience and resume)

+ You will be help transition a successful seniors' program from an 'in person' approach to trendsetting 'virtual volunteering'

+ Join a well-established community service organization and benefit from Forum Italia's longtime experience in assisting seniors to enhance their lifestyles/health & wellness

+ Enjoy personal satisfaction in knowing that your volunteering will have had a direct impact to benefit people who do need it most 


Qualifications

  • Solid oral/written ENGLISH
  • Forum Italia also seeks volunteers with fluency in additional languages (Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Croatian, Italian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese), given the cultural diversity of our seniors!
  • You readily identify with seniors (older adults 65+), their capacities, needs, preferences, and any disabilities that they may be challenged with
  • You are committed to assist seniors in overcoming feelings of loneliness by doing what you can within the ('virtual') 'Friendly Visiting' program 
  • Friendly, engaging, empathetic, ready and will to make new friends
  • Comfortable on the Internet, as well as by telephone, with reliable access online through appropriate devices and software (eg. laptop, PC, Skype, Zoom, etc.)
  • Patient and adaptable, as not every senior may be online or receptive to learning 'virtual' communication
  • As a complement to orientation/training provided by Forum Italia, you are imaginative and creative about suggesting and arranging activities of mutual interest to your 'match'
  • Able to follow policies and procedures, including strict adherence to privacy and confidentiality

    SCREENING of volunteer applications will involve your supplying a favourable 'Police Vulnerable Sector Check' and 2 References, together with completion of Forum Italia's application form (see Description, above). After you have submitted your application, please monitor your email 'Junk/Spam' folders and leave space on your voicemail for communications from Forum Italia. You may be selected for an online or telephone INTERVIEW, as a further stage in the application process.

Min Age: 18   
Police Check: Required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required


Time Commitment
This is a Medium Term (4 - 6 months) commitment starting 2021-03-16
Shifts are available Anytime

WEEKLY SCHEDULE: Once or twice a week, each 'visit' lasting 30 minutes to 1 hour. Where and how the connection with your 'match' will be made will be pre-arranged (might be by phone or 'visually' in the senior's residential unit, or by means of a set up in a common area of 'Forum Italia').



Training

Orientation/Training will be online for this volunteering opportunity, having regard to the physical restrictions imposed by COVID-19.


More Details
Areas of Interest: Arts & Crafts, Culture & Heritage, Counselling & Mental Health, Life Skills & Accessibility, Senior Support, Multilingual
Accessibility: Unknown
Ideal for: Individuals



How to Contact
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Social Media
http://www.micba.com
https://www.facebook.com/MICBA-Forum-Italia-Community-Services-1799122810364251/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuVho7A2e4lcLNXysM71axQ
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