Parent-Child+ Program Visitor

Organization Details
Organization Name: Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba
Address: 800 McTavish Avenue
Brandon MB  R7A 7L4
Website: http://www.cfswestern.mb.ca
Organizational Description: Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba is a private, non-profit, community-based charitable agency, directed by a community-elected and community-represented Board of Directors. Our goals are to strengthen and support families, to protect children, to ensure that children in our care are parented appropriately, to work in partnership with the community, and to be a recognized leader in the advancement of health and well-being of children and families in Westman.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: The main purpose of the ParentChild+ Program is to strengthen the relationship between parent and child and to support the parent in their role as their child's first and most important teacher. It is a two-year program that begins when the child is 18 to 36 months. A trained volunteer, called a Home Visitor, goes into the family's home for a half hour, twice a week, for 23 weeks between the months of October and April. Ideally, the same Home Visitor remains with the family for two years. Each week, the Home Visitor brings a different book or toy and models for the parent by playing, talking and reading with the parent and child.
Skills Required: Home Visitors are required to enjoy interacting with families and, in particular, young children, to have 3-4 hours of free time per week between the months of October and April, to adhere to program policies and procedures including some record-keeping and to abide by an oath of confidentiality.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Home Visitors have an opportunity to expand or develop their skills with families, to meet a variety of new people and to gain personal satisfaction from making a contribution to their community. Related careers would include health care, social services, teaching and child care.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening
The ParentChild+ Program begins with a 2 day training session in early October. After the training is completed, Home Visitors are matched with a family and begin their bi-weekly visits from October till April. There is also a weekly meeting that all volunteers should attend, bringing the weekly volunteer time requirement to 3-4 hours a week including travel time.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Brandon
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Certificate of recognition
Evaluation
Supervision
Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Phone: 204-726-7178
In Person
Online: volunteer@cfswestern.mb.ca
Closing Date: Oct 30, 2019