Job title: Volunteer, Safer Spaces Hoarding Support

Company: VHA Home HealthCare

Job description: VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) is one of the largest not-for-profit home care providers in Ontario. Our team is made up of close to 3,000 caring and committed professionals who love what they do. Our providers tell us: “Home care is where I can truly make a difference. There is such a sense of accomplishment from helping people live independently at home.” Our teams work together to provide high quality, client-centred care to those who need it most in their homes, schools, retirement homes and other community settings. Many of our team members manage their own schedules in the community and they say, “The freedom and flexibility can’t be beat.” Providers form meaningful bonds with the clients and families they serve over time and are supported by a diverse regional team and beneficial home office programs. Team members tell us “I love the inclusive culture. I feel welcome and at home.”Purpose: Improve quality of life of clients in the Safe Spaces Hoarding Support Volunteer Program. The program is designed to help vulnerable, isolated individuals with hoarding tendencies, de-clutter, sort and organize their homes. The program is developed from a harm reduction approach. We provide clients with opportunities that improve their social, physical, mental, and emotional health.AREA SERVED: Toronto: North York, East York, Scarborough, Etobicoke and Downtown TorontoPRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKSAssist clients to de-clutter and organize their living spaceAssist clients to let go and discard itemsAssist clients to establish realistic and client-driven goals for organization, maintenance, and safe livingOTHER RESPONSIBILITIESWork with clients at their own pace, while maintaining clear goalsFoster and establish appropriate use of cleared living spacesBe attentive to clients emotional stateSubmit Volunteer Log to the Supervisor after each visitReport concerns immediately to the Program SupervisorMaintain confidentiality of client information; follow all policies and work within boundaries of the roleNotify the Supervisor as soon as possible if unable to volunteer on an assigned dateAttend support meeting.TIME COMMITTMENT3 hours plus travel time weekly, once a week for 12 weeks12 weekly visits make one volunteer assignmentVisits happen during weekdays between 9-4pm only. No evening or weekend availabilityQUALIFICATIONSStrong active listening and oral communication skills to work one on one with client in client’s homeMotivated and patientInterested in mental health issues and compulsive hoardingComfortable working with a client in their homeFriendly, reliable, responsible, non-judgmental and non-discriminating.Able to act independently within policies and boundaries of the position and client needs and goalsCreativity in planning and implementing activitiesKnowledgeable of available community resources (local dumpsters, community health centres, donation drop-off facilities etc.)Experience working in the mental health field an assetCoaching, teaching, and mentoring is an assetORIENTATION AND TRAININGOrientation and training by VHA staffMeetings with training componentSCREENING AND SUPERVISIONApplication form with 2 references.InterviewSigned Release Agreement, WaiverVulnerable Sector ScreeningReport to supervisor on a weekly basis and submit weekly logSupervisor will be available for feedback and supportBENEFITSVolunteers are supported through orientation, training, (online and in person) meetings, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one support.Career-related experience.We provide an environment where volunteers are engaged, challenged & rewarded.Opportunities to meet new people.Develop social and professional networks.Build on your communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.Gain valuable work experience to build your resume.Support your community.Enhance clients’ lives and deliver life-changing supports and services.Reference letter upon request following 100 hours of volunteer service.Program Assistant or/Coordinator or/Supervisor will be available for feedback and support.Accommodation and VHA’s commitment to DEIAt VHA Home HealthCare (VHA), we passionately strive to uphold our commitments to being an Equal Opportunity Employer. We champion inclusion and diversity in all parts of our organization and are strong believers that a diverse workforce is key to the ongoing and future success of VHA. We aim to review all applicants with fair and unbiased recruitment practices where opportunities are presented based on merits, skills, and experience. VHA is committed to providing reasonable accommodation and our services are accessible and sensitive to the needs of diverse groups. If you require any accommodation, please let us know in advance as we are happy to comply.

Location: Toronto, ON

Job date: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:21:13 GMT