Volunteer visitors provide companionship and friendship to seniors and adults with special needs who feel lonely and isolated in their homes.
During weekly visits arranged at a mutually agreed upon time, visitors might chat, play games or take their friend to the mall or out for coffee.
- Annabelle Ritchie pictured with her friendly visitor Dolores Sedlmeir.
Features and Benefits
- Helps to ease feelings of loneliness and promote independance
- Caring, friendly volunteers are matched with clients
- Friendly visitors often become true friends
The client and volunteer meet once a week for 2-3 hours at a mutually agreed upon time.
There is no charge for this service.
The need for friendly visiting volunteers is growing!
Friendly visitors are needed to spend time with seniors who are living independently in their own home, but are isolated and in need of companionship. Spend 2 to 3 hours each week sharing mutually enjoyable activities such as conversation, crafts, games, or old movies. If the volunteer has a vehicle, visits can include occasional outings. Men are matched with men, and women are matched with women. Volunteers must have good communication skills, patience and the ability to reach out to a lonely person. Make a significant difference in someone's life by investing just a few hours a week. Mileage reimbursement is offered for outings.
Orientation and on-going supervisor support is provided as needed.
2 to 3 hours per week at a time suitable for both senior and volunteer. A minimum 6 month commitment is required for this volunteer position.
If you’re interested, but have more questions, we’d love to hear from you! Apply under the “Volunteer” tab, or call Ann Robitaille, Volunteer Coordinator at (519) 772-8787 x 205.
Meet a Friendly Visiting Match
Karen Critchley has been a Friendly Visiting Volunteer with Community Support Connections since 2008.
I asked myself, “Do I have time to volunteer?” “Am I capable of jumping into another commitment when I have a husband, family, grandchildren and a full-time job?” I met with the passionate people at Community Support Connections and was both intrigued by this wonderful organization and instantly caught up in their enthusiasm.
In my role as Friendly Visitor, I have had the extreme good fortune to be matched with a wonderful woman named Waltraud. She is very young at heart, with an amusing sense of humour and a fierce determination to remain in her home. In our many chats together I learned of her tenacity during the war and her lifelong devotion to her family. With her husband deceased and her surviving siblings residing in Germany, she finds herself alone.
We begin our weekly visits with a warm embrace. There is plenty of chatter and laughter no matter what we are doing.
Whether it is looking for the correct size of faucet washers in Home Hardware or high tea at Langdon Hall, we both enjoy each other’s company. I say we “both” enjoy each other’s company because in my role as volunteer I have come to realize the unexpected benefits for me personally. I see the delight on her face when I arrive and this joy is matched by my own happiness when I see her. I know what I do makes a difference and that in turn enriches my life.
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