Leisure Buddy - One to one Support
Organization: O/C Assoc.for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Commitment: Long term 6 months to a year
Language Preference: English
Number of Positions Available: 8
Deadline: Jul 11, 2019
DescriptionWhat is Leisure Buddies? Leisure Buddies is about creating friendships between people who may not otherwise have had the chance to meet. Contact between individuals in the community and persons with developmental disabilities seldom occurs spontaneously. The Leisure Buddy program facilitates friendships by pairing individuals in one-to-one relationships. A Leisure Buddy friendship helps to break down barriers to inclusion and provides opportunities for shared experience, laughter and support. What is an intellectual disability? A developmental disability, also referred to as an intellectual disability, is a term used to describe any condition that includes a lifelong impairment to a person's ability to learn or to adapt to their environment. People with a developmental disability do not necessarily have a recognizable condition. Some examples of diagnosed conditions are autism, Down Syndrome and Williams Syndrome. The degree of disability varies greatly from person to person. Developmental disabilities may or may not be accompanied by physical disabilities. Most individuals live in a group home or on their own with support and may have limited contact with the larger community. The Leisure Buddy program provides a safe and caring way for our individuals to become more independent, and to enjoy the benefits of a special friendship which extends beyond their family members and paid care providers. What type of commitment do I need to make to be a Leisure Buddy Companion? The most important part of the Leisure Buddy program is friendship. Buddies make contact with each other once a week by telephone. It is expected that one-to-one outings will happen twice per month.
Good for people interested in: Disability Support
You will be working with: People with disabilities or medical conditions
How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
Why should I get involved? Probably the most important reason is that you will gain a new friend. A Leisure Buddy friendship is just like any other you will have -only more rewarding. Volunteering as a Leisure Friend allows you to make an important contribution to the community where you live .
How will the organization benefit?
Your Leisure Buddy friendship will have an impact, not only at the individual level, but also throughout the community.
Organization category: Social services
Time it will take to contact applicants - 1-6 days
This position would be great for - New Canadians; Seniors; Youth 16-24
Vulnerable sector check required: Yes