Befriending Program: Eastern Counties

The Carefor Befriending Program is volunteer-oriented and aimed at both men and women with physical challenges. The Befriending Program matches individuals who share similar interests and hobbies, allowing them to share in these activities and enhancing the quality of life for both participants.

There are endless possibilities for how these new friends will interact with one another. Some common activities that volunteers and clients undertake include:

  • Befriending program swimming
    Bonding time for our volunteers and clients!
    Going to the movies
  • Having dinner together
  • Shopping
  • Chatting over coffee
  • Going for walks
  • Going to various sporting events (baseball, hockey, football, etc)
  • Getting involved in numerous sport activities
  • Karaoke

Through the Befriending Program, Carefor Eastern works to enhance the quality of life for both men and women living with physical challenges.

Beneficiaries

Individuals 18 years of age or older, who have a physical challenge, and are a resident of Ontario are eligible candidates for the Befriending Program.

To be a beneficiary of the Program, all applicants must:

  • Be respectful of a client/volunteer relationship
  • Attend an orientation and screening interview
  • Maintain appropriate social skills

Volunteers

Individuals who are mature, reliable, good listeners, patient, open-minded, enthusiastic and flexible are the ideal candidates for the Carefor Befriending Program.

All volunteers must:

  • Be respectful of others' privacy
  • Attend an orientation and screening interview
  • Provide two references
  • Provide a police check
  • Commit to at least one hour per week
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Testimonials

"Being a volunteer in the befriending program has allowed me to get to know more people in the community. Carefor does a good job of training volunteers, and is very diligent about giving volunteers what they need to succeed. I would recommend becoming a volunteer at Carefor to others." -Rick L., Befriending Program volunteer of 13 years.

For more information, call 613-932-3451 / 1-800-267-1741 or e-mail info@carefor.ca.

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