Walking Partner - Capilano
Do you like to walk at an easygoing pace? Do you like to meet new people and talk about a wide variety of topics? Are you interested in helping stroke survivors improve their quality of life?
Next Steps is an adapted, indoor, mall walking program, designed for people recovering from stroke.
It takes place at Oakridge Centre, (650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver) on Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Exercise and mobility are very important aspects of stroke recovery. Walking on uneven surfaces, or outside in bad weather, can be very challenging for a stroke survivor. Walking in a mall offers a safe an comfortable alternative.
The Next Steps program is run by a Coordinator and is supported by two or three volunteer Walking Partners.
Walking Partners accompany walkers, providing companionship and conversation. Some participants require a walking aid and go at a slower pace. This is a great role if you enjoy getting to know new people! At the same time you are helping them in their "Next Steps" after a stroke.
The program is a collaboration between March of Dimes Canada and Stroke Recovery Association of BC.
Help participants to meet their goals for Next Steps, i.e. increased distance and confidence
Build positive encouraging relationships with participants
Help the coordinator deliver a program that meets the participants' needs
A friendly, warm and genuine personality
Ability to follow the direction of the Program Coordinator
Good communication skills
Optimistic, upbeat attitude
Conscientious and reliable
Ability to walk (slow pace) for at least 30 minutes
- All training provided
- Meet interesting people with a variety of life experiences
- make a difference in the lives of stroke survivors and their caregivers
- opportunity to work in a therapeutic environment
- we are happy to provide references and letters of recommendation for successful volunteers
Candidates must undergo screening, including a criminal record review, to work with vulnerable adults.