A & O This Full House Volunteer

Organization Details
Organization Name: A & O: Support Services for Older Adults
Address: 200-207 Donald Street
Winnipeg MB  R3C 1M5
Website: https://www.aosupportservices.ca/
Organizational Description: Since 1957, A & O: Support Services for Older Adults has been providing specialized social services to older adults. Our programs fall under 3 pillars of service: Safety & Security, Social Engagement and Counselling. Last year, we helped over 27,000 older Manitobans.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 5382
Description of Duties:

This Full House is the first and only program of its kind in Canada and is designed to assist older adults whose "stuff" fills their homes and limits their lives. This Full House is a voluntary program that helps individuals 55+ experiencing hoarding behaviours to live safely in their homes.

Our volunteers, together with our social work staff, help people learn skills that will create lasting change in their home environment and their life.


  • Become educated on compulsive hoarding and Hoarding Disorder.

  • Provide 1:1 support to clients during sorting sessions.

  • Assist clients in practicing skills and strategies as directed by Social Worker.

  • Complete written summary for each client session, to be provided to assigned Social Worker in a timely manner.

  • Discuss ongoing training and skill development with Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Notify client and Volunteer Coordinator if scheduled sessions need to be rescheduled or cancelled.

Skills Required:

  • A willingness to help older adults who are experiencing compulsive hoarding or Hoarding Disorder.

  • An open mind and a willingness to learn.

  • Good interpersonal communication and listening skills.

  • Working knowledge of services available to older adults through A & O and other agencies.

  • Ability to show initiative and commitment.

  • Ability to be sensitive to experiences and issues involved with hoarding in older adults.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with respect to client related information (as per the A & O confidentiality policy)

  • Must complete Criminal Record and Adult Abuse Registry searches.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

  • Orientation to agency programs, policies, and procedures

  • Orientation to TFH program and the issue of hoarding

  • Ongoing training/workshops available for TFH volunteers

Great experience for individuals wanting to work with older adults or in mental health related fields, such as social work.

Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:
Flexible Hours

Time Requirement : Must be available minimum two hours per week.

Commitment: Due to the sensitivity and training involved in this work, A & O requires minimum of a one year commitment following the completion of the training program.

Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
- Assiniboine South
- Downtown
- Elmwood
- Fort Garry
- Inkster
- Point Douglas
- River East
- River Heights
- Seven Oaks
- St. Boniface
- St. James-Assiniboia
- St. Vital
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: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Certificate of recognition
How to Apply: Online: app.betterimpact.com/Application?OrganizationGuid=54330b3e-55f7-403d-81f3-4bb11e242988&ApplicationFormNumber=2
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2024