Your visits and involvement at St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa will benefit you in so many ways...
Becoming a Volunteer
To be considered as a volunteer at St. Patrick’s Home, you must be 14 years of age and over and agree to a minimum 40 hours of volunteer work which includes the general orientation to the Home.
Screening is conducted on all applicants to ensure suitability for positions of trust.
Please complete the Volunteer Application Form and Reference Check Consent Form and return them to the Coordinator of Volunteer Services, who will contact you for an interview. The interview process will provide an opportunity to find an assignment that is compatible with your skills and interests. Volunteer position description(s) are available for you to review prior to choosing your assignment.
Police Record Check for the Vulnerable Sector must be completed for anyone over age 18 years old. If you are over 18 years old a signed letter from the Home stating that you are a candidate for a volunteer position must accompany the Police check form. Once the Police Records Check is completed, it will be mailed back to the applicant. You will be responsible to bring in the original document to the Coordinator of Volunteers Services and a copy will be made for your file. You keep the original document.
A Parental-Guardian Consent form must be signed for volunteers under the age 18 years old.
Once the screening process is completed and the prospective volunteer has been accepted, arrangements for a general orientation and training for your specific assignment will follow. The orientation process provides you with the necessary information required to work as a volunteer at St. Pat’s, as well as information specific to your chosen role. Job specific training is provided by the area that you will be working in. The job specific instructions are based on your role at St. Patrick’s Home.
All volunteers conducting activities in St. Patrick’s Home must complete a Tuberculin Disease Screening Tool for Volunteers in Long Term Care. This tool must be complete prior to starting your volunteer assignment.
There is a three-month probationary period for all volunteers. During this three month time period all volunteers are assessed for suitability for the volunteer position, and role.
Rewards are numerous for the Residents
Your visits and involvement at St. Patrick’s Home will benefit the Residents in the following ways:
- provide company, friendship and support
- give residents something to look forward to
- stimulate physical and mental health abilities
- maintain a sense of dignity and self-worth
- promote feelings of achievement
- keep links with the community
- exposure to new ideas, skills, talents, activities
- the opportunity to share life events and stories
For the Volunteer
Your visits and involvement at St. Patrick’s Home will benefit you in the following ways:
- increased knowledge and experience working with the elderly
- exposure to the operation of St. Patrick’s Home and the field of gerontology
- the opportunity to develop leadership skills
- self-satisfaction of offering a service to residents
- free parking
- references for future employment and/or educational pursuits
- an opportunity to complete your community hours for graduation, for high school students
- recognition events throughout the year
- acknowledgement from staff and family members for your assistance
- the opportunity to make new friends
Teena has recently taken on a new role as Coordinator of Quality Improvement at St. Pat’s. Teena brings with her over 25 years experience as a senior manager of community based long-term care services. Prior to joining St. Pat’s she held the position of Executive Director of The In Community, a multi service agency meeting the needs of adults living in the community with significant physical disabilities. Teena is excited to begin contributing to the ongoing successes of St. Pat's Home.Teena Tomlinson