We are mindful of the importance of social distancing and the role we play in our communities to protect the health of our clients, employees, volunteers and their families. We recently reopened in-person programs along with the associated volunteer opportunities.
About the role
Minds in Motion® online is a gentle fitness and social activity program designed to stimulate physical activity, thinking, laughter and conversation among people living with dementia attending with a care partner. This newly adapted program is hosted online using Microsoft Teams. Please note: This role is based entirely online.
Minds in Motion® online facilitators:
- Assist the Minds in Motion® Coordinator with the delivery of planned social activities.
- Support the Minds in Motion® Coordinator in creating a comfortable and welcoming online environment by ensuring everyone has the opportunity to be included in discussions and planned activities.
- Facilitate planned activities and/or maintain group dialogue if the Minds in Minds in Motion® Coordinator experiences technical difficulties or is preoccupied supporting a participant.
- Provide basic technical support to participants, such as helping to mute/unmute, turn video on/off or navigate other features in Microsoft Teams.
- Participate in bi-annual support volunteer meetings and maintain regular communication with Minds in Motion® Coordinator.
- minimum 6-month commitment.
- 2 to 3 hours per week.
- Learn more about the lived experience of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
- Have fun while gaining experience interacting with and supporting people with early symptoms of dementia and their care partners.
- Gain experience using Microsoft Teams and facilitating an online activity program.
- References/reference letters may be provided to volunteers who have successfully completed 6 or more months in their position.
- Access to a computer with a strong internet connection, in a private setting free from distractions and interruptions .
- Comfortable with learning new technology and willingness to adapt.
- Experience with group facilitation.
- Sensitivity to boundaries in working with vulnerable adults.
- Excellent problem-solving skills and comfort providing simple technical instructions.
- Is patient and friendly; knowledge and experience with people affected by early symptoms of dementia is an asset.
- Refresher training to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services.
- Orientation to Microsoft Teams and troubleshooting common technical issues. Previous experience with Microsoft Teams is an asset but not required.
- Training in group facilitation strategies, healthy boundaries and communicating with people experiencing cognitive changes.