Vision Mates - Alliston, Bradford & Egbert

(CNIB [Central East], Simcoe/Muskoka, Vision Mate Program)

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Position ID: V-ALL0044 Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 Last Full Update: 19 Jan 2018
Opportunity Details
ContactLucia Ricardo, Program Lead, CNIB Simcoe/Muskoka; Phone: 705-728-3352 ext 5281; Email:
DutiesVision Mate volunteers provide one-on-one sighted assistance and companionship for one or two hours per week for a person who is blind or partially sighted * approved activities: reading, organizing, walking, assisting with errands and/or outings, social visiting * volunteers complete an interview, orientation and training * two character references and a police record check with a vulnerable sector check required
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Benefits1. The opportunity to make a huge, positive impact on the life of someone who is blind or partially sighted. 
2. Comprehensive orientation to CNIB and its services. 
3. Training specific to the position, including instruction on sighted guide techniques. 
4. Flexible schedule and location. 
5. Reference letter upon request.
ClientsClients are blind or partially sighted and have asked for assistance from a sighted volunteer to help achieve their goals. Most clients are seniors.
Ages19 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Areas of InterestCommunity / Neighbourhood Volunteering ; Friend / Penpal ; Life Skills Support ; Personal Support ; Reading / Literacy ; Senior's Activity Support ; Special Needs / Differently Abled
Skills/Experience1. Experience working with people with disabilities and/or interest in learning how to work with people with disabilities  
2. Passion for helping people with vision loss gain independence and participate fully in life.  
3. Must be reliable, patient, responsible and friendly.  
4. Must be able to provide a thorough background check including a Clear Police Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Check.  
5. Must be 19 or older.
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; minimum 6 month commitment
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Sunday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Days and times arranged between the volunteer and the individual they will be supporting. Note: most seniors appreciate afternoon visits.
SeasonsYear Round
LocationVision Mates meet with the client in the client's home or other suitable environment.
Number of PositionsAlliston: 1 individual(s) ; Bradford: 1 individual(s) ; Egbert: 1 individual(s) 
3 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation - comprehensive orientation to CNIB and its services; training specific to the position including instruction on Sighted Guide training
TransportationCar required - Volunteer required to provide own transportation
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsA vulnerable sector screen is also required. CNIB will provide potential volunteers with a letter to get the police record check and vulnerable sector screen done free of charge (or CNIB will reimburse the fee)
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Organization NameCNIB [Central East], Simcoe/Muskoka, Vision Mate Program
Office Phone705-728-3352
Toll Free Phone1-800-563-0887
Address & Map
20 Anne St S
Barrie, ON L4N 2C6
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