Inspired by American programs, the Friendship Volunteer Association Inc. is the first organization in the province of Quebec to offer a service involving volunteers in a social integration program of intervention for people who have mental health problems.
It is through a warm human contact that this service creates and ensures a relationship between a trained and supervised volunteer and a member.
The role of the volunteer is to eleviate the loneliness felt by the person being helped and to build up his/her confidence and self worth. Volunteers offer compassion and listening. They make home visits and outings.
Our volunteer network is composed of people who have been selected for their warm personality. To prepare them for their new tasks, a 10 hour training program is give. During all through his/her involvement, the volunteer is supervised by a community worker of the organization who is assigned to the person visited. This ensures that the appropriate interventions required are met.
We are always looking for volunteers that can offer our members a friendly relationship or that can help organize stimulating activities at the community center.
Do not hesitate to communicate with us in order to learn more about the possibilities of volunteering for our organization.