The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is currently seeking one-day volunteers for an upcoming event in support of World Alzheimer’s Day. Motitech Canada will be hosting its Road World for Seniors event, a global competition providing older adults and people with dementia with the opportunity to compete for the gold medal while enjoying some physical activity!
You can learn more about the event on their website here: https://motitech.ca/road-worlds-for-seniors
We are looking for volunteers to join us for the one-day event on Friday September 20th. The event will take place at 10:00 AM and last for about two hours, and will be held at Invest Ottawa at 7 Bayview Station Road.
Volunteers are needed on the day of the competition to assist with some setup and cleanup, greet and engage with the participants, and general assistance throughout the event.
Location: 1750 Russell Road
Deadline: Sep 18, 2019
Art programs have the capacity to tap into creative parts of the brain and unleash memories and joy. Some people living with dementia may not be able to speak, but they can paint – and the painting may allow them to connect to other memories.
• Sessions are held weekdays, once per week over an eight week period
• Sessions to take place Wednesday mornings 10:30-12:00, with the volunteer to arrive half an hour early for setup purposes (10:00-12:00)
• Sessions may take place either indoors or outdoors
The arts program volunteers are responsible for the running the program in a manner which is safe, supportive and aligned with The Dementia Society’s mission and values.
Primary Responsibilities and Tasks
The Arts Program volunteer will be responsible for the following:
• Room preparation including light lifting of tables, chairs, and arts supplies for up to 12 people living with dementia and their caregivers, and preparation of arts supplies
• Greet people has they arrive and assist them getting settled in the arts space, initiate introductions between participants
• Float in room throughout session, interacting with participants and assisting people with their painting, supplies, or questions as necessary
• Arrange for a brief midway break, offering water and ensuring comfort level of participants
• Following session, clean and store arts supplies and materials, put away tables/chairs and wash dishes as necessary, and leave space in tidy condition for next session
• Take direction from instructor as required
Qualifications and Skills:
• Proficiency in English and/or French
• Excellent listening and communication skills
• Comfortable with small groups
• Ability to work independently with little supervision
• Ability to engage in conversation
• Teaching/training delivery experience (desired)
• Understanding of dementia and the daily living challenges persons with dementia (PWD)s face
• Experience as a caregiver of a person with dementia (desired)
• Enjoys art and painting (desired)
Successful applicants will submit a volunteer application form and provide a valid Vulnerable Sector Police Record check. An interview and reference checks will be conducted as part of the application process with the Volunteer Coordinator.
Successful applicants will be provided with Orientation Training in addition to role-specific training from their supervisor.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit their CV and a cover letter describing their interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Central Ottawa
Deadline: Sep 17, 2019