Older Adults & Seniors Volunteer (unpaid)

Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Qmunity
  • Community Outreach
  • Event Helpers
  • Visiting / Chatting / Socializing
Short term (Less than 6 months)
  • Seniors
  • British Columbia - Northern BC - Prince George
  • British Columbia - Okanagan - Kelowna
  • British Columbia - Victoria & Island - Victoria
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Langley
2019-01-112019-02-28

QMUNITY’s Older Adults and Seniors program offers opportunities for community connection, social support, and personal development for folks 55+. To do this work well we need an amazing group of caring and committed volunteers able to offer consistent support to folks accessing QMUNITY programs and services.

Our model has shifted, and we are looking to recruit volunteers in seasonal cohorts (up to) three times a year. The estimated time commitment is an average of 6 hours per month (or more depending on your availability). These volunteers will be given specialty training in working with older adult and senior populations; building dementia friendly communities; and supporting queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities.

Volunteer Opportunities: While most volunteer opportunities with the Older Adults and Seniors Program will require competency in all three areas, volunteers can select which areas of support they are most interested in. The three types of Senior Program Volunteer Opportunities include:

Outreach Support – assist with promotion and outreach by phone, email/mail, in-person (canvassing or tabling), contacting older adult / senior populations and community partner organizations, etc.

Activities Support – assist in QMUNITY events, workshops, and drop-in activities (including hosting and engaging with older adult/ senior attendees)

Social Support – support seniors by phone, in person, and during QMUNITY events and/or connect with seniors in person during friendly visitor program visits, either one-on-one or in pairs. This may include social assistance with social and recreation activities, local short walks or coffee/tea at a coffee shop.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to QMUNITY efforts in a positive way and interact with QMUNITY stakeholders and the general community in a friendly, welcoming, and professional manner.
  • Assist with hosting and supporting older adult and senior attendees at events, workshops, and drop-ins.
  • Converse and engage with event attendees, facilitating introductions between seniors where appropriate. Including answering questions about QMUNITY and the services we offer.
  • Provide referrals to staff where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the set-up and take-down of events or program activities.
  • Assist with calling older adults and seniors on QMUNITY’s call list to inform them of upcoming social events, including checking in on priority seniors who may be experiencing loneliness or social isolation.
  • Research and draft entries for the Queer Directory.
  • Work collaboratively within a strong team culture.

Qualifications:

  • 21 years of age or over.
  • Priority will be given to folks with lived queer, trans, and/or Two Spirit experiences.
  • Completion of a Criminal Record Check.
  • Passionate about creating safer spaces for LGBTQ/2S folks.
  • Experience working with marginalized communities, including older adults and seniors an asset.
  • An understanding of and appreciation for QMUNITY’s mission to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives through support, connection, and leadership.
  • Strong communication skills.

Benefits:

  • Mentorship in the workplace with the ability to learn about the community seniors services sector, event hosting, and working with community members.
  • Experience working at a long-standing non-profit.
  • An opportunity to give back to and support LGBTQ/2S folks, especially youth and seniors.
  • Experience and training in the provision of peer and social support to members of queer, trans, and Two Spirit communities.
  • Experience and training in the provision of competent older adults and seniors care  and support.
  • Ongoing professional development and training opportunities.
  • Continued support from staff and other volunteers.
  • Potential for letters of recommendation and references.

Accountability:

Evaluation and support is provided on an ongoing basis through regular check-ins with the Seniors’ Coordinator.

To apply:

Please go to https://qmunity.ca/take-action/volunteer/ to apply and click on the relevant link on the right hand side of the page to access an intake form. Qmunity also offers the option to conduct the intake via phone to minimize accessibility barriers. Please call 604 684 5307 ext 100 to schedule a time if you choose this option.

Deadline for applications is February 28, 2019. We are looking for volunteers who are able to help in our upcoming social events in January, as well as for continued opportunities. Early applications will be a priority but please apply even if you are unavailable to help out immediately.

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