Volunteer Impact

Volunteer Impact partners worked together to reduce isolation in seniors 75+ by increasing volunteer and service provider capacity through training events and volunteer training resources

Volunteer Impact partners shared expertise related to seniors’ isolation to develop an on-line training curriculum, deliver training to volunteers and service providers, and create evidence-based resources. Better training and resources will ensure volunteers and service providers can better identify seniors who are isolated, understand their needs, and connect them with appropriate services and resources.

Volunteer Impact Training addressed key topics: Exploring Risk Factors, Transitioning Through Life’s Losses, Communicating to Foster Connection, Becoming Dementia Friendly, and Exploring Diversity and Inclusion. Additional sessions also addressed: Exploring Depression and Delirium; Information, Referral and Income Benefits; and Preparing for End of Life. Click here to access key Training Resources.

Volunteer Impact partners developed Seniors’ Isolation Fact Sheets including: Transitions; Linguistic and Cultural Barriers; Caregivers; Physical Health; Low Income; and Mental Health. Most are available in different languages. Click here to access Fact Sheets.

Volunteer Impact partners also delivered Training Events across Metro Vancouver, and hosted a regional conference in February 2019 to strengthen stakeholder connections, support systemic change and increase sector capacity.

For more information about Volunteer Impact, please contact Janet at quenneville@familyservices.bc.ca or 604-985-8713.

Volunteer Impact project partners included: Family Services of the North Shore (lead agency), North Shore Neighbourhood House, MOSAIC, Burnaby Seniors Outreach, Seniors Services Society, and North Shore Multicultural Society.