Volunteer Companion Program
Click the above image to view a short video about our chapter's Volunteer Companion Program.
We currently have 23 families in Oxford County on our waiting list, with numbers increasing rapidly - the need is URGENT! The socialization offered by Volunteer Companions enables individuals with dementia to be kept at home longer. Due to the lengthy waiting list, some of the families are unable to receive help from our program before long-term care becomes necessary.
Our Volunteer Companion Program currently has 23 active matches in the community and our goal is to increase that number substantially. Through their visits, our volunteers provide social and activity time for the person with dementia, as well as a period of much-needed respite for the family members and friends responsible for the care of these individuals.
As a volunteer, you will undergo a minimum of twelve hours of training about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, communication strategies, activity ideas and program strategies. After successful completion of the training program, companions begin visiting their "match" at a regular time each week. Each volunteer companion receives ongoing support and education through regular contact with our Volunteer Companion Program coordinator and monthly support meetings. We ask that our volunteers commit to their role for a minimum of six months.
Our volunteer application form can be downloaded here. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful opportunity, please contact Robyn Owen, our Volunteer Companion Coordinator, by phone at 519-421-2466 ext 237 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our application form here.
Please see our brochure here.
Last Updated: 11/08/2017