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As a volunteer you will be co-facilitating recreational programs and activities with older adults who have cognitive, physical or mental impairments in a group setting. This might be playing games or completing puzzles, assisting with art or music sessions, or simply having a quiet conversation with a client.
This is one of the most meaningful volunteer experiences you'll ever have. As a Hospice Care Volunteer, you will support the emotional, psychological, spiritual, practical, and social needs of a person dying at home and their family. With deep compassion and without judgment, you'll provide a safe space for the client to express their feelings and share their story. Ultimately, you'll improve the quality of life for the dying person and act as an important support for the family during a difficult time.
FREE 30-hour training will be provided for all successful volunteers. Sign-up today to be registered for our upcoming Hospice volunteer program:
2024 Spring Hospice Training Schedule:
Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm
April 27, May 4, 11, 25, June 1
Daytime Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 am to 12 pm
April 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, June 4, 6, 11, and 13
Bereavement Peer Support Volunteers Needed!
Apply to volunteer today to start your FREE ONLINE Bereavement Peer Support Training!
About the Bereavement Peer Support Program:
In this program, you will play a crucial role in helping to normalize the grieving process for individuals struggling to cope with the death of a loved one. As a Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer, you will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to share their stories and express their feelings. Your role will involve offering comfort, support, and assistance in finding meaning and healing. Additionally, you may provide information and strategies to help clients learn to live with their loss.
In our Bereavement Peer Support Program, we recognize the unique strength that comes from shared experiences. Therefore, we are specifically seeking volunteers who have personally encountered a significant loss in their lives. This program operates on the principle of peer support, emphasizing that our clients often benefit immensely from sharing their challenges with someone who has navigated a similar journey of loss and grief.
The Strength of Peer Support:
Being a peer support program, we understand the profound impact that a volunteer with personal experience can have on someone struggling with grief. Your own journey through loss enables you to connect with clients on a deeper level, fostering a sense of understanding, empathy, and shared resilience. Clients often find solace in knowing that they are not alone in their grief, and your presence as a peer support volunteer can provide a source of strength and inspiration.
Your Personal Journey as a Source of Comfort:
As a Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer, your lived experience becomes a valuable asset in providing comfort and reassurance to those in need. Your ability to relate to the complex emotions of grief can offer a unique form of support, helping clients feel understood and validated in their own struggles. Through the sharing of your personal journey, you contribute to the creation of a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can openly express their feelings and find solace in the knowledge that they are not alone.
Matching Volunteers and Clients:
To further enhance the effectiveness of our support, we make efforts to pair newly trained volunteers with clients who have experienced a similar type of loss, where applicable. This matching process is designed to create a more profound connection between volunteers and clients, as it allows for a shared understanding of the specific challenges and emotions associated with a particular loss. By aligning personal experiences, we aim to create a supportive and empathetic environment that promotes healing and growth.
A Shared Path Towards Healing:
In joining this program, you become an integral part of a community that understands the transformative power of shared experiences. Your willingness to give back by helping others navigate their grief is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Together, as a community of volunteers who have walked similar paths of loss, we aim to provide comfort, support, and the hope of healing to those who seek it.
Our upcoming Bereavement Peer Support Training is scheduled for winter 2025. Training details are as follows:
Time: 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Delivery mode: ONLINE via Zoom link
Course duration: 10 weeks
Ongoing: Following training, volunteers are typically asked to commit 1 hour per week, matched with a client for approximately 3 months.
Volunteers are always needed for lonely, isolated older adults. One visit per week can bring a lonely older adult a huge sense of worth and happiness. Those who are isolated, often find their recall of daily details is frosted over. A little social contact can melt that ice and bring warmth to you both.
Visits are weekly for as little as one-hour time commitment for an in-home visit or a couple of hours if you care to take them to an activity in which you share an interest such as coffee, shopping, attending an art show, live music, or even go for a walk by the lake. By volunteering, you may also be providing some much-needed support to a caregiver or family member simply by visiting one of our wonderful clients.
Your visit helps maintain and encourage the client's confidence and independence.
Volunteers and University/College Students are needed!
- Next FREE training session to get certified and trained as a Home Support Exercise Volunteer - January 2024.
Providing simple exercises guidance and support to frail Seniors in their homes for 12-week cycles.
Training is provided and the program is intended to help Seniors gain strength and better balance.
Support a frail older adult through a standardized exercise program designed to improve strength, balance, mobility, and endurance.
You’ll learn how to do the set of 10 simple exercises (toe taps, leg raises, wall push-ups) safely and how to increase the difficulty level as your client makes progress.
You’ll also learn how to motivate and cheer your client on so that they get the maximum benefit out of the program. The results are fantastic – over 90% of clients see improvement!
Clients in the Memory Visiting Program are in need of someone to remind them that they do matter, and to remind them of why they matter. Ask about their interests and their abilities and then use this week after week to guide your conversations and activities.
You’ll provide a friendly social connection outside of the client’s normal social sphere and engage the client in activities or conversations that appeal to the client’s unique interests and abilities. This may involve looking at family photos, going out for a walk, or simply sharing coffee and conversation.
You’ll also be giving the family caregiver(s) a short break – a very important part of the support you’re providing.
Training is available to assist you in supporting your client. The training includes suggested activities and strategies you can use to engage your client. Plus, our Care Managers are always available to support you and your client.
Help reduce pain, stress, and anxiety for people with life-limiting illnesses, dementia, or caregivers experiencing high stress. Help improve a client's quality of life and well-being through the use of Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, or Emotional Freedom Tapping (EFT). If you are trained in any of these modalities, can do in-person, virtual Zoom distance Reiki, or use our Reiki room based at our head office in Oakville to help clients, and have an hour or more to spare per week, then we would love to have you volunteer for us!