Vision Mates

(CNIB, Simcoe/Muskoka, Main Office)

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Position ID: V-CWD0260 Last Modified: 20 Jan 2017 Last Full Update: 20 Jan 2017
Opportunity Details
ContactSherri Helsdingen, Coordinator, Volunteer Services, CNIB Simcoe/Muskoka; Phone: 705-728-3352 ext 5289; Fax: 705-722-5305; Email:
DutiesVision Mates are sighted volunteers who are matched one-on-one with a client who is blind or partially sighted, in the client's home. Vision Mates share their sight and assist with reading, organizing, shopping, errands, walking and friendly visiting.
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Benefits• The opportunity to meet great people and have a huge, positive impact on the life of someone who is blind or partially sighted. 
• Comprehensive orientation to CNIB and its services. 
• Training specific to the position, including instruction on Sighted Guide techniques. 
• Flexible schedule and location. 
• Reference letter upon request.
ClientsPeople who are blind or partially sighted, often older adults
Ages19 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Men ; Women
Areas of InterestSpecial Needs / Differently Abled ; Support for Visual Impairments
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Counseling & Support ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Elder Care ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Must be reliable, patient, responsible and friendly.
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; We ask for a six-month commitment to the program.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesVarious dates and times available, most of our clients prefer weekday mornings/afternoons
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityUnknown ; Various Loctions
LocationWithin client's home or other suitable environment
Number of PositionsAlliston ; Barrie ; Bracebridge: 2 individual(s) ; Bradford ; Clearview (Simcoe County) ; Collingwood ; Huntsville: 2 individual(s) ; Midland ; Muskoka District ; Orillia ; Simcoe County 
20 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Comprehensive orientation to CNIB and its services. Training specific to the position, including instruction on Sighted Guide techniques
TransportationCar required ; Volunteers are responsible for own transportation but are NOT required to drive clients.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsClear Police Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Check
Agency Details
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Organization NameCNIB, Simcoe/Muskoka, Main Office
Office Phone705-728-3352
Toll Free Phone1-800-563-0887 * CNIB National office 1-800-563-2642
Address & Map
20 Anne St S
Barrie, ON L4N 2C6
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