Brain Wave Café - Program Assistant

(Alzheimer Society of Durham Region)

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Position ID: V-OSH1027 Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 Last Full Update: 08 Oct 2019
Opportunity Details
ContactShankari Surendran, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Durham Region; Phone: 905-576-2567 ext 5235; Email:
DutiesProvide support to the program coordinator, or the designated group leader * review content for each session to assist with delivering the daily program/agenda * answer questions about other Alzheimer’s Society programs * foster a safe and inviting environment for guests to share their experiences * engage with guests, listen to stories and experiences 
Brain Wave Café programs are a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment for people with dementia and their care partners to socialize * offers a range of fun, educational, and engaging activities that encompass art, music, and games * led by qualified staff and supported by local volunteers, these regular social groups improve well-being and reduce isolation for entire families * friendships are often formed and people who attend leave the sessions feeling connected and renewed
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BenefitsHelp with a program that improves well-being and reduces isolation for whole families * provide an opportunity for people with dementia to enjoy a higher quality of life * continue to practice or develop new skills * interact with volunteers that share similar interests * provide a much needed and highly valued service within the community * gain experience in the field of gerontology
ClientsPersons with dementia and their care partners
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students
Areas of InterestCommunity Outreach ; Event Coordination & Support ; Recreation & Sports ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled ; Support Group Facilitation
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Counseling & Support ; Creativity ; Customer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Leadership - Foster an inclusive environment ; Patience ; Planning & Organizing ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Public Speaking ; Team Work ; Open to developing new skills related to working with people who have Alzheimer’s disease * willing to learn
Commitment LengthLong Term (Minimum of 6 months) ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term ; Each venue hosts one session a month * volunteers are required to attend at least one of the session on a monthly basis * attend additional sessions on a drop in basis * minimum 6 month commitment is required
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group ; High level of social interaction with participants, staff and other volunteers
Minimum Hours2 / Month
Dates and TimesEach venue has one session per month * volunteers may attend all venues or just one venue each month 
Alzheimer SocietyDR Building (Whitby) * third Thursday each month 9:45 pm - 11:45 am 
Older Adults Association (Bowmanville) * first Tuesday each month 12:45 pm - 245: pm 
Oshawa Public Library (Oshawa) * last Wednesday each month 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible
LocationLocations in Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville
Number of PositionsBowmanville ; Oshawa ; Whitby 
8 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation - Alzheimer's disease and dementia ; Training is provided - Program roles and responsibilities
TransportationNear public transit ; Must be able to get to program locations
CostVulnerable Sector Check
Police CheckRequired
Liability InsuranceNot Available
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Organization NameAlzheimer Society of Durham Region
Office PhoneOffice: 905-576-2567
Toll Free Phone1-888-301-1106
Address & Map
1600 Stellar Dr
Ste 202
Whitby, ON
Canada L1N 9B2
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