Vision Mates - Barrie, Midland, Orillia, Penetanguishene, Stayner

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

Position ID: V-MID0621 Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 Last Full Update: 21 Aug 2019
Opportunity Details
ContactLucia Ricardo, Program Lead, Recreation, Sport and Accessible Community Engagement, CNIB Simcoe/Muskoka; Phone: 705-728-3352 ext 5281; Fax: 705-728-5305; Email:
DutiesVision Mates share their sight with someone who is blind or partially sighted. Vision Mates provide regular, one-to-one assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted. Matches are made with someone who lives close to your home, school or work. You visit once a week for a couple of hours to assist with four main tasks: reading, errands (like groceries and shopping nearby), going for walks, and socializing (Vision Mates do not drive or provide personal care).
More Info
Benefits• The opportunity to make a positive impact on the life of someone who is blind or partially sighted. 
• Flexible schedule and location.
ClientsMen and women who are blind or partially sighted, primarily seniors
Ages19 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Men ; Women
Areas of InterestCommunity / Neighbourhood Volunteering ; Friend / Penpal ; Program Coordination / Support ; Social Interaction ; Support for Visual Impairments
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; 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) ; Long Term (More than 1 year) ; We ask for a six-month commitment to the program.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon 
Sunday: Morning, Afternoon
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityUnknown - Working in client's home which may not be fully accessible
Locationin the client's home or other mutually acceptable location (i.e. library, coffee shop, etc.)
Number of PositionsBarrie: 13 individual(s) ; Midland: 3 individual(s) ; Orillia: 8 individual(s) ; Penetanguishene: 1 individual(s) ; Stayner: 1 individual(s) 
26 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; • Comprehensive orientation to CNIB and its services.  
• Training specific to the position, including instruction on Sighted Guide techniques.
TransportationVolunteer to provide own transportation to attend client home, additional driving optional and requires additional screening
Police CheckRequired
Additional Requirementsa satisfactory police record check and vulnerable sector screen is required
Agency Details
Organization NameCNIB Foundation [Central East], Simcoe/Muskoka, Vision Mate Program
Toll Free PhoneCNIB Foundation Contact Centre 1-800-563-2642
Address & Map
20 Anne St S
Barrie, ON L4N 2C6