Volunteering at Henri-Bradet, Father-Dowd, St-Andrew and St-Margaret Residential Centres
Henri-Bradet Residential Centre
6465 Chester Avenue
Father-Dowd Residential Centre
6565 Hudson Road
St-Andrew Residential Centre
3350 Cavendish Boulevard
St-Margaret Residential Centre
50 Hillside Avenue
Volunteers play a vital role in our long term care facilities. Most participate during the weekdays, however, there are some who volunteer in the evenings or on the weekends. Volunteer opportunities currently available include:
Recreation Activities offer opportunities for residents to socialize with others. Volunteers help prepare and assist with the activities (concerts, games, outings, barbecues, discussion groups, films, etc.), accompany residents from their rooms to the activity area, socialize with them, and serve refreshments.
St. Margaret Day Centre provides a morning or afternoon of activities for seniors living at home who have physical and/or cognitive deficits. The main goals of the day centre is to enable isolated seniors to receive recreation stimulation and to provide their caregivers with a respite break. Volunteers assist staff with a wide range of tasks.
Feeding Assistance: Due to physical disabilities or memory loss some residents require assistance to eat their meals. Volunteers can help with breakfast, lunch or supper. Many volunteers help in this capacity before or after assisting with a recreation activity.
Pastoral Care is provided to the residents on a one to one basis by volunteers. The volunteers also help with church services by bringing the residents to and from where it is being held.
Medical Escort: Volunteers provide companionship when they accompany residents to medical appointments. Transportation is provided by taxi or adapted bus. Volunteers do not use their own cars.
Friendly Visiting: Volunteers visit isolated residents. When a resident does not speak English or French, effort is made to match the person with a volunteer who can speak the same language. Visits can be made during the week or the week-ends.
Weekends: At St. Margaret, St. Andrew and Henri-Bradet, volunteers can help with recreational activities on the weekends. Volunteers need to work independently since recreational staff are generally not on duty on the weekends.
Tuck Shop: Volunteers from the St. Margaret Day Centre and from the Father Dowd Auxiliary operate a concession stand where items such as coffee, chocolate bars, and toiletries are sold to the residents, guests and staff.
Beauty Spa: Volunteers apply nail polish and give gentle hand massages to residents. The spa is held on Tuesday evenings at St. Margaret and Wednesday afternoon at Father Dowd.
One time Activities: Volunteers help with tasks such as fundraisers, decorating the residences during the holidays, and accompaniment on group outings.
514-484-7878, extension 63146