Walking Partner - Capilano

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Position description: 

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.

Deliverables/Duties: 

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

Qualifications: 

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

Role is suitable for: 
13 - 18
Adult
Senior
All Ages
Families
English as a second language (ESL)
Additional Information: 

Benefits:
- 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.

How to apply: 
Email for more information and an application form.
Contact person: 
Vpilot@marchofdimes.ca
Contact phone: 
250-940-0809
Contact e-mail: 
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Disability Services
Health, Social Services
Seniors
Mission:
Through its local Stroke Recovery Branches, SRABC is committed to assisting stroke survivors and their caregivers throughout the province to improve their overall quality of life. March of Dimes Canada's Mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with disabilities.
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
2
Position start/end date:
13 May 2020
Time Committment:
2 Hours Per Week
Time of day:
Daytime, Weekdays
Work location:
Capilano Mall
935 Marine Drive
North Vancouver, BC