Java Mentorship Volunteer

Java Mentorship Volunteer
Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Cooksville Care Centre
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Visiting / Chatting / Socializing
On-going (More than 1 year)
  • Youth (over 18)
  • Families (adults with children)
  • Seniors
  • English as a Second Language
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Ontario - Peel Region - Mississauga
2020-01-062020-01-31

About Cooksville Care Centre 

Home to 157 long term care residents, Cooksville Care Centre maintains a cozy, home-like environment in the Heart of Mississauga. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding, compassionate care to our residents and paying close attention to their individual needs. We are able to enhance residents’ quality of life by meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs through excellent care and specialty programs including Java Music Club and Montessori.

The Home also has a separate 35-bed Restore Unit which supports short-term stays until residents are strong and independent enough to return to their homes. Cooksville has launched a Transitional Care Unit as well, with approximately 30 beds which provides an alternative discharge destination for residents unable to remain in their current environment.

Mission Statement

Volunteer Services strive to provide quality volunteer programs that service to enhance the quality of life of the residents, while providing meaningful volunteer placements. We are committed to providing meaningful and rewarding opportunities for our volunteers and offer training and ongoing support for each volunteer role!

About the Java Mentorship Program 

Java Mentorship is a recreational therapeutic activity program that is intended to reach the residents who typically are difficult to engage and who don’t attend programs offered in residential settings.

Community volunteers and volunteer residents form a team that meets weekly. They pair up (higher functioning mentors supporting those that need assistance), and visit lonely or socially isolated residents.

These mentors model active engagement and encourage those they visit to participate in programs that would help enhance their social connections with their peers and their social identity.

The program includes a team meeting that happens before the visits in an inviting social setting. The team meetings follow a structured guide that includes ongoing education, needs evaluations, support and recognition.

Position Description 

Cooksville Care Centre is looking for volunteers to support the Java Mentorship Program at the Home. Volunteer Mentors will be paired up with Residents Mentors and will visit other residents around the home to socialize, engage in activities, provide motivation and increase wellbeing. The volunteer mentor serves as a support, and is available to listen, validate, and coach their Resident Mentors and Mentees.

Volunteer Mentor Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work alongside Resident Mentor and mentees weekly, for each 1.5 hour Java Mentorship meeting
  • Engage in weekly education sessions (during each 1.5 hour Java Mentorship meeting) and encourage and support Resident Mentors to meet educational goals and objectives
  • Coach Resident Mentors and Mentees in a caring, appropriate, and person centered manner
  • Empower and encourage Resident Mentors to engage in coaching and guidence of Mentee
  • Facilitate and provide feedback to Resident Mentors and Mentees during each session
  • Complete program surveys, evaluations, and other relevant administrative tasks
  • Work collaboratively, and in consultation with the Volunteer Coordinator to best inform ongoing engagement with the Resident Mentor and Mentee

Mentor Requirements/Qualification:

  • 18 years of age or older 
  • Vulnerable Police Reference Check Clearance (VSS)
  • Two-step Tuberculin Skin Test (TB) (Mantoux Test)
  • Enjoy interacting, engaging, and encouraging older adults
  • Comfortable with working in a long-term care environment 
  • Good Listening skills
  • Commitment to the role (minimum 6 months, estimated 1.5-2 hours weekly)
  • Complete pre-screening process (application, interview, references)

For more information and to apply to this volunteer position, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at natasha.bhasin@cooksvillecarecentre.ca or visit https://cooksvillecarecentre.ca/join-our-team/volunteers/

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