When you volunteer at Little Brothers, you become part of a sweeping movement of love. You can share your time and your talent, make home visits, accompany seniors to appointments and outings, or organize activities adapted to their realities.
We are firm believers in the importance of ensuring you are suitably prepared and equipped to embark on this life-changing adventure.
Volunteer onboarding and orientation
As a volunteer, you will receive initial training to learn more about:
- Ourmission and our values
- What it means to be a part of our extended family
- Ourlocal andinternational connections
- Rules and guidelines for a successful, rewardingvolunteer experience.
Advanced training and development
Introduction to the pairing program
Building a lasting relationship with a lonely senior is a concrete way of reaching out and showing you care. This training session provides an overview of the various pairing options available and tips on forging a rewarding relationship with an Elder Friend.
Whether you’re already sold on the idea or you just want to know more about the pairing program, this will help you take your volunteer experience at Little Brothers to the next level.
Vacation getaways at Juliette Huot Lodge in Oka
This is a very popular activity among our Elder Friends. But it takes a great deal of skill and organizational acumen to orchestrate each getaway. This training session focuses on the important points to consider to create an environment conducive to the well-being of our honoured guests so that the experience is as positive and memorable as possible for those who have been dreaming about it for months.
Support groups and coffee klatches
Several teams organize volunteer meetings so they can discuss their respective experiences at Little Brothers and find a invaluable source of mutual support.
Our Elder Friends are often exposed to adverse experiences and events that can have repercussions on their mental health. Thanks to financial support from the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, we can train volunteers to recognize the warning signs of mental illness and apply the appropriate response strategies.
Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline
Various organizations dealing with Alzheimer’s have partnered with Little Brothers to shed light on the disease and provide assistance to caregivers. Volunteers learn new skills, including the multisensory Snoezelen approach to find alternative ways to stimulate communication and create a safe, secure atmosphere in order to establish a link with the outside world. They are also invited to engage in a dialogue about these and other topics.
“Memory tends to pull us back toward the past. You don’t need memory to be able to enjoy life in the moment.”
– Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber, journalist
Alzheimer Cafés (Montreal only)
Every second Wednesday of the month, volunteers and members of the public are invited to attend a meet and greet at one of the Alzheimer Society of Montreal’s Alzheimer cafés. These are an ideal opportunity to find out more about the various approaches used to support people living with this disease and to listen to knowledgeable guest speakers.
First aid, safe transfers and CPR
These classes, which are given several times throughout the year, provide practical information on safety and first aid.
Palliative support – end-of-life commitment
We remain by our Elder Friends’ side to the end. The support offered at this critical phase, during the last moments of their life, is very important and very delicate.
We have guided many people down this path, and this seminar is the culmination of our knowledge. It includes resources you can use to help our Elder Friends face the experience with dignity and peace.
2013 symposium: A dialogue about mental health
On November 2, 2013, Little Brothers hosted a symposium on mental health and our Elder Friends at Centre St-Pierre in Montreal. Our thanks go out to Bell for their help in providing training sessions on this topic. The experts and volunteers in attendance focused on issues such as communication and Alzheimer’s disease, psychotic disorders among the elderly, learning how to become a family caregiver, and palliative and comfort care.
Several prestigious speakers generously agreed to share their tips and insights with us. The resulting discussions with 130 Little Brothers volunteers and supporters from across the province were engaging, enriching and enlightening.