Mental Health Support for parents with children 0 to 4 years
Make a Difference in Your Community
VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) believes that quality care begins with quality people. Our volunteers work directly with our clients and make a difference in people’s lives every day. We’re looking for volunteers who share and enhance VHA’s values of:
Client and family focused care
A co-operative and collaborative work environment
Continuous quality improvement
Advocacy for our clients and their families
The Child and Family Support Program provides temporary relief and support services to at risk families caring for children from birth to four years of age. This program is committed to ensuring the health and wellness of mothers/families experiencing stress, isolation, and mental health concerns, such as Post-Partum Depression. The relief service will enable moms to take a break from the demands of parenting and attend to their own needs. Trained volunteers will interact and provide simple comforts to children in such a way as to enhance children’s capacity for successful development i.e. stimulating gross/fine motor and enrich language skills.
AREA SERVED Throughout Toronto: Scarborough, North York, East York, York, Toronto, Etobicoke
Visit weekly on the same day / same time for three hours per week
Engage in meaningful conversation with mom
Engage, supervise infants and toddlers (age 0-4 years)
Partner with parent to plan prepare healthy and nutrition meals for children
Provide information and referrals to community resources
Accompany mom and child(ren) to local community resources i.e. Early ON Center, Library, Community Center
Educate and inform parents about upcoming community events and activities
Introduce new learning activities to the children
Complete and submit weekly log for feedback
Attend regular education and training sessions (in-person or virtual)
3 hours plus travel time, and logs
1 visit per week
Each assignment is 12 weeks in duration
Flexible times and days including weekends
Commitment – 3-6 months.
Opportunities may be available to help more than one family during this timeframe, or beyond.
AGE REQUIREMENT: Must be 18 years-old or older.
Conduct in-home family visits across the city of Toronto in priority neighbourhoods. Volunteers are matched with clients as close to their own neighbourhoods as possible with some flexibility required.
Person- centered and caring attitude
Related child development experience
Experience and sensitive to working with culturally diverse families
Creativity in planning and implementing activities
Knowledge of community resources an asset
Knowledge of and working with mental health individuals and families
Strong active listening skills and strong oral communication skills to support client in home and in community along with children
Previous volunteer experience an asset
Second Language an asset
Volunteers are supported through an extensive orientation, training, (online and in person) monthly meetings, workshops, seminars, and one-on-one supervision.
Career-related experience; gain Canadian experience
We provide an environment where volunteers are engaged, challenged, and rewarded.
Opportunities to meet new people.
Develop social and professional networks.
Build on your communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
Gain valuable work experience to build your resume.
Support your community.
Enhance client’s lives and deliver life-changing supports and services.
Reference letter given after fulfillment of commitment.
Program Supervisor will be available for feedback and support
ORIENTATION AND TRAINING
Independent learning E-modules
Orientation to the agency and volunteer program
Monthly Volunteer Support Meetings
Ongoing education/development opportunities provide
SCREENING AND SUPERVISION
Application, with 2 references
Criminal Reference check including Vulnerable Sector Screening
Signed Volunteer and Confidentiality Agreements, policies and waiver
Reports to Program Supervisor on a regular basis with weekly log and as needed
If you require accommodation to participate in the application and screening process, please let us know.
For more information & to apply, contact:
Roxana Condo, BSW, RSW
Volunteer Program Assistant
Phone: 437-350-8707; or apply online at www.vha.ca
About VHA Home HealthCare
Since 1925, VHA Home HealthCare—a not-for-profit, charity—has empowered Ontarians to create possibilities for more independence. VHA’s team of over 2,000 support clients in throughout Ontario and are a founding member agency of United Way Toronto.