Friendly Visitor

Organization Details
Organization Name: Grace Hospital
Address: 300 Booth avenue
Winnipeg MB  R3J 3M7
Organizational Description: We are a 262-bed acute care facility located in the west end of Winnipeg. Grace Hospital is an operating division of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and plays an integral role in the delivery of health care services in Winnipeg. We are one of three acute care sites in Winnipeg, along with Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital, which means we have a full service Emergency Department, critical care and a full complement of acute care services.

Volunteers have been the cornerstone of Grace Hospital since its inception more than 100 years ago. Volunteers contribute their unique talents, skills and knowledge to our facility and our community to provide personalized attention to our patients. This enables the employees to concentrate on the work for which they are trained and fosters good relationships between the hospital and the public which it serves.

At Grace Hospital we have approximately 240 adult volunteers and 50 youth volunteers. Each year, these volunteers contributed over 30,000 hours of service.

The selfless efforts of the Grace Hospital volunteers truly make Grace Hospital the warm, welcoming and caring environment it is.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 4802
Description of Duties: Volunteers in the Friendly Visitor Program play a central role in improving the hospital experience for our patients.

The friendly visitor volunteer is responsible for helping to create a caring, compassionate, comfortable, friendly and welcoming environment within our hospital by providing social interaction. This can be done by visiting, reading the newspaper, talking about magazines, doing an art project.
Skills Required: - Comfortable with approaching and interacting with the public and patients in a friendly and supportive manner.
- Cognitive ability to follow, give directions and to express oneself clearly and concisely in the English Language.
- Possess an awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences.
- Physically and mentally capable of performing responsibilities.
- Display mature, confident disposition with ability to respond appropriately in crisis.
- Ability to instill calm and confidence as well as lessen anxiety and stress.
- Ability to follow directions and prioritize tasks.
- Physically and emotionally tolerant of unpleasant sights, sounds and odors.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: - The opportunity to meet and foster relationships with patients, their families and staff.
- The opportunity to learn and become comfortable in a healthcare setting.
- The opportunity to learn community and social functions as they relate to the hospital setting.
- leadership development.
- The opportunity to be part of a vital and exciting volunteer program.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Fulfilling volunteer hours for school credit
Organization will provide: Supervision
How to Apply: Online:
Closing Date: Sep 30, 2023