Ancoura Visiting Volunteers (Companionship)
Volunteer Types: Companionship/Visiting
Organization types: Community and Social Services, Disabilities, Public/Society Benefit, Senior Citizens, Women
Ongoing (more than a year)
Application Deadline: December 30, 2023
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Are you looking to build meaningful social connection? Do you enjoy going for walks, board games, going out for coffee and grabbing a bite to eat, movies, arts and crafts, spending time with and supporting others? These are just some of the activities our current volunteers do with our residents. At Ancoura, we recognize that social isolation is a determinant of health, and we focus on social connection’s role in mental health. Ancoura provides affordable and supportive housing for adults in Ottawa living with mental illness, with three residents in each of our homes. We focus on building relationships, offering support, friendship, and activities. As a visiting volunteer with Ancoura, you can build mutually beneficial friendships, companionship, and social connection with our community of residents. Visiting volunteers would connect with our residents on a biweekly basis, with the timing being flexible to the volunteers, and the residents’ schedules, with the goal of committing to at least one year of volunteering. Training will be provided.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
By being a visiting volunteer with Ancoura, you will build meaningful relationships, and friendships, with a community in need of connection. These relationships are mutually beneficial; they provide structure consistency, connection, and an opportunity to learn about mental health for volunteers. For residents, these relationships provide needed social connection, life skills, support, and an opportunity to continue building stability in their community.
How will the organization benefit?
At Ancoura, the social contact that volunteers provide is crucial to our mission of building a healthy and social community for our residents, and to reduce their isolation. Our volunteers allow our organization to operate and address the social determinants of health for our residents.
Volunteer location:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Diana Cave
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This position would be great for: Adults, Groups, Newcomers to Canada, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 10
Good for people interested in: Companionship/Visiting
You will be helping with: Men, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Women

Volunteer Considerations

  • Police record check required
  • Vulnerable sector check required
  • Public transportation available
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