The Mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.

Would you like to make a difference and become a Friendly Visitor? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. The Friendly Visiting program matches volunteers with residents living with MS in a long-term care facilities.

The purpose of the program is to improve the quality of life of isolated persons with MS living in long term care, by fostering supportive relationships between a resident and a volunteer. With your help, our goals are:

  • To reduce social isolation
  • To provide support, companionship and appropriate activities to residents
  • To provide information about MS, the MS Society and appropriate community resources
  • To increase the MS Society’s awareness of the needs/issues of individuals living in continuing care

The responsibilities of the volunteer include:

  • Completing all applicable training and forms including a vulnerable sector check
  • Complying with the MS Society and care centre’s policies, procedures and protocols
  • Providing friendly visiting to a resident at least once per month
  • Tracking activity and follow up with the program coordinator on a monthly basis or as agreed
  • Communicating urgent needs and issues immediately to the program coordinator and/or the long term care centre
  • Offering a one year commitment once trained and matched with a resident

For more information or to be come a Friendly Visitor, please contact Rebecca Cooke at 250-314-0773 or rebecca.cooke@mssociety.ca Coordinator, Volunteer and Community Engagement | BC & Yukon Division, MS Society of Canada

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