Friendly Visitor Virtual Volunteer
Friendly Visitor Virtual Volunteer
Volunteer Types: Companionship/Visiting
Organization types: Community and Social Services
Ongoing (more than a year)
Application Deadline: August 15, 2022
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Description

The Virtual Friendly Visitor Program launched in spring, 2022. It matches community volunteers with individuals who are living with an Acquired Brain Injury for regular visits that take place either by phone or videoconferencing.

The program provides a new way for VCBIS to meet its mandate, live its values and to serve its members. It allows people to participate who may have physical or geographic barriers.

Virtual visiting promotes a sense of belonging and general wellbeing and provides the opportunity for individuals to engage according to their personal preferences, availability and individual motivations.

The general purpose of the visits is to reduce social isolation, increase a sense of connection, and develop relationships that are beneficial to both the individual and the volunteer. Visits can also act as a wellness check. The role of the volunteer and the parameters of the program are outlined in the Volunteer Position Description tool.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Understanding volunteer motivations is a vital underpinning of a strong volunteer program. When designing the work that we are asking volunteers to do, providing opportunities for volunteers to meet their own goals as well as those of the agency and those of participants contributes to successful recruitment and retention. Motivations that the Virtual Friendly Visiting Program can tap into include: - To help others and make a difference in the community - To learn new skills or expand existing ones - To share skills, knowledge or experience - To gain experience which may help with paid employment - To improve their own well-being, health and social connection - To bring balance into their lives, have fun and relieve stress - To gain a sense of personal achievement and fulfillment - To be involved with different people and different situations - To support a cause that has impacted them or their families - To feel useful or needed The Program can provide many of these opportunities for volunteers. For example, to acquire or improve specific skills including interpersonal and communication. Studies confirm that people are healthier and happier, both physically and mentally, as a result of their volunteering. Volunteering releases endorphins, a natural chemical in the body that can produces positive feelings of self-worth and self-fulfillment. In addition to providing benefits, the Virtual Visiting Program addresses a significant barrier that potential volunteers face - the lack of time. Visits that are done from a volunteer’s home do not require travel or preparation time, and can be fit into a busy lifestyle even taking place on a lunch hour at work. Visits also are flexible in terms of when and how often they happen, based on agreed upon volunteer and participant needs and schedules.
How will the organization benefit?
The program provides a new way for VCBIS to meet its mandate, live its values and to serve its members. It allows people to participate who may have physical or geographic barriers.

Contact

Amy Bowen
@Vista Centre Brain Injury Services
613-234-4747
Ext: 152
Time it will take to contact applicants:
​1-week

Details

This position would be great for: Adults, Person with a disability or medical condition
Number of Positions Available: 6
Good for people interested in: Companionship/Visiting
You will be helping with: Persons with disabilities or medical conditions

Volunteer Considerations

  • Police record check required
  • Vulnerable sector check required
  • This position can accommodate persons with a disability
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