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BETTER Women is a research program that goes beyond cancer to help women aged 40-68 reduce their risk of chronic disease by creating and achieving health goals. Activities such as getting screened, moving more, healthy eating, quitting smoking and, reducing alcohol intake can reduce a person’s risk of getting cancer and other chronic diseases. Volunteer peer health coaches will provide regular support to women so they can reach and maintain their health goals.
To become a volunteer peer health coach, you will complete a virtual 24-hour online training program that will be delivered over the course of 5 weeks.
As a volunteer peer health coach, you will join the BETTER Women program to virtually (you can reside anywhere in Ontario) support women aged 40-68 achieve personal health goals that can help reduce their risk of chronic disease.
You will be matched with a patient and connect with them by phone, text, email, or video conference for short 10–15-minute sessions per week to coach them to reach their goals.
The program is currently being offered by three sites: Summerville Family Health Team, Barrie and Community Family Health Team: Family Medicine Teaching Unit and Women’s College Hospital Family Practice Health Centre.
Peer health coaches can relate to the group of women being supported through BETTER Women because of their own lived experiences and backgrounds.
Skills and Qualifications
· Have had success in meeting their own health goals including healthier eating, exercising, quitting smoking or reducing alcohol consumption
· Are non-judgmental and empathetic
· Can communicate effectively and through a variety of platforms (phone, email, text or video conference)
· Basic computer skills
· Can connect well with a variety of people, strong listening skills
· Flexible in adapting to different people and situations
· Strong organizational skills
· Strong commitment to confidentiality and can maintain high ethical standards and professionalism
Training & Support
We will provide you with:
· Comprehensive training to become a BETTER Women peer health coach
· Online resources and a peer health coach toolkit
· A designated CCS staff member who will provide ongoing support
· Regular meetings with other peer health coaches to build a strong community of practice
· A 1-2-year commitment of 3-4 hours per week
· You have a willingness to be a part of a research study, contributing to project evaluation
· Ongoing level of commitment which will include regular supervision check-ins and involvement within a community of practice
To apply for this opportunity, please submit an application.
Disclaimer: Peer health coaching is not counselling. Peer health coaches are not medical professionals and cannot diagnose or prescribe nutrition or physical fitness regimens. Peer health coaches are volunteers who are trained in motivational interviewing and work with participants to uncover their own goals and motivation for change.
The goal of VON’s SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)® Exercise and Falls Prevention program is to enable adults 55+ to maintain independence, improve quality of life and to ultimately promote healthy aging. This functional exercise program can be found in various communities throughout Grey-Bruce.
VON SMART and Falls Prevention classes are led by volunteers who VON trains (2 days of practical plus the theory) and certify. Weekly we offer over 50 Level 1 and Level 2 classes in Grey Bruce with over 1,000 participants! We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 hours a week (one class) but have flexible schedules for those who are away for long periods of time. We are looking for volunteer instructors for both levels of classes.
The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) acts as a resource for the Youth Services staff at the Library in areas such as book selection, volunteer support, activity planning and promotion.
- Grooming and tack up of the horse
- Leading of the horse for warm-up
- Control of the horse during class
- Un-tack horse and cleanup of equipment
- Support the rider as necessary to balance
- Assist rider to complete skills as needed
- Assist leader with tack and cleanup
We are in need of Mentor and non-Mentor volunteers. Mentors are needed for all of our programs - Community Based (matched 1:1 with a young person); School Based (matched 1:1 with a young person and meet on school property, during the school day, September through June) or Group Mentor (1:3 ratio, locations in Kincardine or Wingham; 2-3 times per month).
Non-Mentor volunteers include Board Members, FUN Developers or Community Builder volunteer groups. The FUN Developers plan activities and events for our Mentees and Mentors to do (e.g.: The Factory in London, Blue Jays Game, Camp Kintail, museum trips, Christmas and Halloween parties, etc.). The Community Builders help plan and execute our fundraising events, such as Dancing with the Stars, Golf Tournaments, etc. They can also volunteer on the day of the event, for example, with the Christmas Yard Sale, etc.
All volunteers must complete the application process which includes a Police Records Check, Vulnerable Sector Check, and training. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and older.