MS Society of Canada - Friendly Visiting Program

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Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
  • Care Giving / Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Visiting / Chatting / Socializing
On-going (More than 1 year)
  • Youth (over 18)
  • Families (adults with children)
  • Seniors
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland
2019-01-282019-04-28

The Friendly Visiting Program is designed to provide informal support for persons living with multiple sclerosis (MS) that reside within the continuing care continuum – long term care, supportive living, and home environments.

The program provides support, increased awareness of community resources, engaging in shared activities, and in some cases provides a means of respite care for caregivers of persons with MS.

The purpose of the program is to improve the quality of life of isolated persons with MS living in long term care, by fostering supportive relationships between a resident and a volunteer. With your help, our goals are:

  • To reduce social isolation
  • To provide support, companionship and appropriate activities to residents
  • To provide information about MS, the MS Society and appropriate community resources
  • To increase the MS Society’s awareness of the needs/issues of individuals living in continuing care

The responsibilities of the volunteer include:

  • Completing all applicable training and forms including a vulnerable sector check
  • Complying with the MS Society and care centre’s policies, procedures and protocols
  • Providing friendly visiting to a resident at least once per month
  • Tracking activity and follow up with the program coordinator on a monthly basis or as agreed
  • Communicating urgent needs and issues immediately to the program coordinator and/or the long term care centre
  • Offering a one year commitment once trained and matched with a resident

Qualifications:

  • Background in nursing, social work, social services, psychology, and health care is beneficiary 
  • Volunteers who are looking to make a difference in their community
  • Volunteers must possess skills in active listening and communication skills, conveying empathy, and relationship building

Volunteer benefits:

  • Improved interpersonal skills including increased empathy, listening and communication skills
  • Improved problem solving and mediation skills
  • Increased knowledge of MS, the MS Society of Canada, and of community resources
  • Increased knowledge of long-term care and disability issues
  • Personal satisfaction in knowing that you are providing support for another individual
  • Discovery of personal strengths and increase in self-confidence
  • Flexible hours 
  • Reference letter

Time commitment:

  • Approximately 1-3 hours per month
  • A minimum commitment of 1 year

Additional notes: 

Following the completion of a volunteer application, an interview, and proper screening, the volunteer will receive a general volunteer orientation and will then receive a thorough Friendly Visiting orientation. Once orientation is complete, the volunteer will be trained and matched with a person with MS. This Friendly Visiting partnership will then be monitored by the Community Services Coordinator.

 

To apply please forward your resume to Joel Cheung - Joel.Cheung@mssociety.ca or for any further inquiries 604-689-3144 x7257

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