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Volunteer

Pathstone Volunteer Program

At Pathstone Mental Health, volunteers take on a challenging and important role as part of our team. Your skills and talents support and enhance the quality of programs and services we provide. As a volunteer, you can help to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families who are affected by mental health problems and going through difficult times. By giving a small amount of your time, you can make a lasting impact!

Who are our volunteers?

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Our volunteers are a diverse group of men and women representing various ages, cultures, levels of ability and backgrounds. Students gain valuable experience. Full time professionals give back to their community. Seniors share knowledge gathered over a lifetime.

As a Volunteer you can work directly with children, youth and families, assist with fundraising and events, provide educational support by tutoring a student, or lend your time to mentor a child or youth.

Volunteers lend the kind of support that cannot be measured ...an encouraging friend, a chance for new experiences, and someone to count on.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer opportunities are available within all communities across the Niagara Region

Supervised Visitation and Exchange Niagara

As part of the S.V.E.N. team, the volunteer’s role is to encourage positive parent/child interaction, and document factual observation notes during visits. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a necessary and important skill-set for this volunteer role.

Administration

  • Provide support with various office administrative tasks (ie. Photocopying, mailing, phone calls, organizing files etc.)

Homework Tutors / Educational Support

  • Provide eduational support by focusing on literacy and academic goals.
  • Assist child or youth with reading and homework assignments. 
  • Provide support to child having difficulty with school work, either within the school setting or at the local library.

Peer Mentors

  • Develop a befriending relationship and act as a positive role model. 
  • Provide guidance & support to a child with focusing on individualized strengths & needs. 
  • Meet regularly to engage social and recreational activities with the community and participate in various activities. 
  • Help a child with life skills, and build their self-esteem and confidence. 
  • Teach a child new skills and share in new experiences. 

Childcare support

  • Interact and organize children's activities, while the children's parents are attending counselling or group sessions within our agency. 
  • Demonstrate patience, creativity, and enthusiasm for working with children. 
  • Share your special craft or game ideas with children. 

Residential Life Skills Volunteer 

  • Assist youth residing in our residence in providing recreational, social and/or life skills focused activites and support. 
  • Share your passion or skill and engage youth in new activities (ie. arts & crafts, sports, music, gardening, etc.)
  • Offer guest speaking engagements on various life skill topics. 

Information Ambassador

  • Set up and manage information displays at various community events throughout the Niagara Region
  • Assist in raising general public awareness about Pathstone programs and available services;
  • Respond to general inquiries and provide resource information to the public;
  • Provide informational brochures and crisis cards to individuals;

 Research Volunteer

  • Provide assistance to staff with various research projects which may include:
  • Assisting with collecting and entering data into database system;
  • Conducting scoring of tests and evaluation forms; compiling report findings for staff review;
  • Communicating with clients (via phone or in person) to collect feedback regarding our programs and services;
  • Must have completed 2nd year of Social science program; knowledge of SPSS; completion of Statistics course

Fundraising & Events

  • Assist our Foundation team in preparing for various events, campaigns and fundraiging activites. 
  • Participate on committees to raise funds and increase community awareness of children's mental health services. 
  • Provide support for administrative tasks such as preparing mailings and packages, assisting with phone calls, event day set up, etc. 

Youth Advisory Committee

  • Youth will provide feedback on our services, programs & communication materials.
  • Assist with increasing child/ youth friendly content, identify barriers to service, and to promote awareness and accessibility of our services to children and youth within the Niagara Region.
  • Share creative ideas and gain experience in a group/ committee environment.
  • Gain hours towards High School Community Service and commit to bi-monthly meetings.
  • Age range to participate on the committee 16-25 years old.

The minimum age requirement for Volunteer positions is 18 years of age. Some positions will consider 16 year olds : Events and Youth Advisory Committee.

Benefits to you as a Volunteer:

  • Personal satisfaction knowing your time & efforts are making a difference
  • Opportunity for you to get involved and give back to your community
  • Share your knowledge, skills and life experience with others
  • Become more aware of the needs of children facing mental health issues
  • Gain valuable new skills for education and employment
  • Be a part of our team and meet new people
  • Contribute to the overall well being of members of your community 

How we will support you as a Volunteer:

  • Orientation to the agency's purpose, philosophy, programs & services
  • Training specific to your volunteer position
  • On going professional development opportunities
  • Ongoing feedback and support to ensure success in your role
  • Volunteer appreciation events to recognize your commitment & dedication

How you can become a Volunteer with Pathstone Mental Health:

You are invited to complete an in-depth application and screening process.

  • Selected applicants will be invited to an interview to determine suitability
  • Submit a current criminal reference check - this may take up to 6 weeks to complete (if accepted into our program, reimbursement will be provided)
  • Professional reference checks will be completed

To learn more about how you can join our volunteer team at Pathstone Mental Health, contact Linda Vespoli-Burch, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at 905-688-6850 ext 148 or email [email protected].

This program is made possible by generous financial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation