Volunteer Link Ambassador (VLA)

(Guelph Wellington Seniors Association)

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Position ID: V-GUE0023 Last Modified: 10 May 2022 Last Full Update: 10 May 2022
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementBe Active. Get Involved. Make Friends.
ContactBecky MacDonald, Volunteer Coordinator, City of Guelph; Phone: 519-822-1260 ext 2096; Email: becky.macdonald@guelph.ca
Duties● Meet with the centre’s designated employee/volunteer to understand who the client will be and his/her interests in being part of the centre. 
● Meet with the potential client (online or by phone) to complete the client intake form and to explore specific areas of interest 
● Match client with programs of interest and/or other services offered by the centre 
● Follow up with the client at intervals outlined in the client intake form and potentially accompany him/her to a program (e.g., online, by phone and/or in person) 
● Ongoing contact with the centre designate about the project and participant needs and interests
Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-Being
Benefits- increase your skills 
- learn new skills 
- assist the older adult community 
- give back 
- make friends 
- be a part of a team
Clientsolder adults
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+)
Areas of InterestInformation & Referral Services ; Senior's Activity Support
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Customer Service ; General Computer Skills ; Leadership ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Writing & Editing ; ● Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills 
● Self-motivated and able to work independently 
● Reliable with good organizational skills 
● Good listening and interview skills to assist with matching older adults and programs  
● Experience with computers and virtual applications (e.g., Zoom) is an asset
Commitment LengthLong Term (More than 1 year)
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group ; Participating in social activities can have a positive effect on their health and wellbeing. Social prescribing makes it easier for people to connect to others in their community. Social prescribing happens when a doctor, nurse practitioner or other PCO prescribes social activities for older adults who would benefit from more opportunities to meet others.  
The overall goal of this project is to increase the participation of older adults in social activities by connecting them to their local older adult centre. After the older adult is referred to the centre, the Volunteer Link Ambassador (VLA) will meet with him/her, complete the client intake form and help to connect the older adult to programs and services to suit their interests.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible ; Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall ; Dedicated accessible washroom with all features ; Wheelchair accessible washroom, assistance needed with door
LocationEvergreen Seniors Community Centre
Number of PositionsGuelph 
3 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided
TransportationNear public transit
Social MediaFacebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/guelphwellingtonseniors
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Start DateOn or after 23 May 2022
Display Until31 Aug 2022
Agency Details
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Organization NameGuelph Wellington Seniors Association
Office PhoneEvergreen Centre 519-823-1291
Address & Map
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
683 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON N1H 3Y8
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