Program Assistant, Minds in Motion®

Program Assistant, Minds in Motion®
Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Alzheimer Society of Toronto
  • Fundraising / Giving
  • Various
  • Visiting / Chatting / Socializing
Short term (Less than 6 months)
  • Youth (ages 13-18)
  • Youth (over 18)
  • Seniors
  • 40 hour high school program
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area
2019-08-122019-08-30

Minds in Motion® Program Assistant

This is a volunteer opportunity with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for the Minds in Motion® program.

Minds in Motion® is a community-based social program that incorporates physical and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their care partners.

  • Minds in Motion® is an eight-week program delivered once weekly that combines physical activity with mental stimulation, in a social environment.
  • The program was developed in British Columbia and results indicate improved physical and mental health for both people with dementia and their care partner.

Tasks/Responsibilities:

  • Help with the set up and clean up of refreshments, games and activities for the program
  • Assist the Minds in Motion® Coordinator to ensure activity participation and socialization. This may include spending one-on-one time with participants who need extra support.
  • Under the direction of the Physical Activity Program Leader, provide one-on-one support to participants during the physical activity component  of the program
  • Assist with participant evaluations that will be taking place before and after the sessions to ensure we are providing a person-centred program with activities they enjoy and benefit from

Qualifications:

  • Enjoy working with others, comfortable initiating conversation and including others
  • Patient, friendly and fun; comfortable in a non-competitive, inclusive environment
  • Have some experience communicating with older adults 
  • Be physically able to participate in the physical activity component  of the program

Assets:

  • Aware of the aging process
  • Have basic knowledge and experience with dementia – training will be provided
  • Experience working with persons with dementia and their care partners
  • Special skills (music, drama, art, facilitating, etc.) welcomed

Dates:

  • Weekly starting Monday, September 9, 2019 - Monday, November 10, 2019
  • Skipping Thanksgiving on Monday, October 14.

Time Commitment:

  • 9:45am-11:45am
  • Program is from 10:00am-11:30am
  • 2 hours/week for eight weeks:
  • 15 minute set up, 1.5 hour program, 15 minute take down, clean up and debrief.

 Location:

  • Central Eglinton Community Centre (2nd floor), 160 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 3B5

Orientation/training:

  • Orientation to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto by the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Training to the position will be provided by the Community Programs Coordinator.
  • Understanding Dementia and Supportive Communication.
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act training.

Screening:

A Police Records Check/Vulnerable Sector Screening may be required for all volunteers.

For those under the age of 18, parental or guardian approval is required.

Supervision:

There will be on site supervision and debriefing lead by the Minds in Motion® Coordinator.

Benefits:

  • Training and education received will be of personal value for brain health! Training and experience will be of benefit when applying for  professional or volunteer positions in the future
  • Be an integral part of a team working toward a better quality of life for persons with dementia and their care partners
  • Be a leader within a larger cause, meeting the growing need for support and services for persons with dementia and their care partners
  • Gain front line experience working with persons with dementia
  • Be a part of an evaluation process by assisting with the delivery and collection of content which will inform a provincial evaluation of Minds in Motion implementation
  • Free refreshments during program
  • Certificate of participation awarded at the end of the program.
 

How to Apply / Contact

IF INTERESTED OR FOR MORE QUESTIONS:

Please complete an online application or contact Caroline at cnevin@alzsoc.ca  or 416-640-6320 and we will then contact potential candidates for an interview. 

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