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North York Community House

The Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers project is part of the ENRICHES Initiative. The aim of our collaborative is to identify, engage, and support senior caregivers in northwest Toronto who are at a high risk for social isolation due to language and cultural barriers. We will connect seniors to peer mentors and youth volunteers to provide information and support in the caregivers’ own languages and provide direct services both in the community and at home.

Recruiting for: We have 2 types of volunteer opportunities available: Group Facilitator (helping or facilitating group programs for seniors incl computer classes, English conversation classes, cooking, arts, yoga and more) and 1-to-1 Friendly Visitor with a senior caregiver. All groups require a minimum commitment of 8 weeks, held mostly in Toronto libraries, and 1-to-1 friendly visitors must be able to volunteer once a week for 6 months.

Skills: Ideally, our volunteers are friendly and enthusiastic about our programming, respectful to our seniors and organization, as well as committed to their opportunity.

Programs: Please know ALL STUDENTS are welcome to apply. Our opportunities may be of interest to students studying social/community services, social work, gerontology, education, nutrition, exercise science/physio and medicine.

Number of positions: 20

Application method: Apply online by clicking "I'd like to become a mentor" Link: www.nych.ca/senior-caregivers#mentors Followed by volunteer orientation in-person with Marisanna (mtersigni@nych.ca)

How to prepare: Students are welcome to bring in resume, though not necessary to sign up.