NEWCOMER CONNECTIONS FOR SENIOR CAREGIVERS
The Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers project is part of the ENRICHES Initiative. The aim of our collaborative is to identify, engage, and support senior caregivers in northwest Toronto who are at a high risk for social isolation due to language and cultural barriers. We will connect seniors to peer mentors and youth volunteers to provide information and support in the caregivers’ own languages and provide direct services both in the community and at home.
What is the ENRICHES Initiative?
In 2015, NYCH partnered with The Sinai Health Foundation, Reitman Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, Alzheimer Society of Toronto, and WoodGreen Community Services, to form ENRICHES: Engagement to Reduce Isolation of Caregivers at Home and Enhancing Seniors. Please visit www.enriches.ca to explore the programs and trainings offered by this collaborative.
Through this collaborative, NYCH can connect you to the services you need, from information on Alzheimer’s and mental health concerns, to unique programs across the city that support your health and well-being.
Find out how ENRICHES can assist you, your family, your organization, and your community! Call Stephanie at 647-458-7201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendly Visiting Program
"Mentors" are matched with senior caregivers ("partners") to provide 1-to-1 support through social interaction, resource-sharing, and community navigation
Based on your schedule, mentors will call or visit once a week for a minimum of 6 months (at least two in-person visits per month).
Mentors are adult volunteers (18+) who speak English and other languages
Youth volunteers will also be matched with senior caregivers to teach computer skills and to benefit from the knowledge and experiences of older adults
We will match you based on the partner’s goals and your common interests
Mentors will not provide respite or cleaning services
It’s a free program! There will be opportunities to meet peers, form activity/interest groups, and attend educational workshops
Call and ask about our exciting group activities. Yoga classes, English Conversation Circles, computer classes, social media courses, and educational workshops can be tailored for you and located in your community!
Visit here often to find out about our groups for senior caregivers, or inquire with Shova:
Are you 55 years or older and caring for someone informally?
Are you interested in meeting others and getting individual or group support? The Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers project will match you with a ‘Friendly Visitor’ mentor; a volunteer who can meet you and help connect you to your interests, and the people and communities around you. You and the mentor can determine a flexible schedule based on your needs.
If you are a senior caregiver or if you know a senior caregiver who is isolated and may be interested in this program, please contact Shova:
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‘FRIENDLY VISITOR’ MENTOR
Volunteer with newcomer seniors and help reduce their isolation while gaining valuable skills and experience.
Through a comprehensive training curriculum designed to equip you with information and resources for and about newcomer seniors, you can help reduce the social isolation and marginalization often faced by older adults caring for someone; for example: a spouse, parent, grandchild, neighbor or friend. Join the NYCH team and become a ‘friendly visitor’ mentor, or volunteer with seniors’ group activities. We want to hear from you!
Advantages of volunteering with us:
- Connection to volunteers from a variety of backgrounds
- Training on caregiving issues faced by older adults caring for family members, neighbors or friends.
- Enhancing your communication and interpersonal skills
- Certificate of completing our training program
- Professional reference for your next opportunity
- Choice of 1:1 support or group work in our social/educational programs
- All for volunteering a minimum of an hour a week of your time, for the next 6 months
If you would like to become a Mentor, please fill out the Volunteer Mentor Form:
Community partners (e.g. ethno-cultural agencies, social service organizations, places of worship and community health centres or professionals) can participate and benefit in various ways.
For more information, please contact: