Elder Help-Peel Volunteer Development Program

Organization Sponsor: Elder Help-Peel

Organization Partner: Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport (now Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)


Program Description

This program is designed to provide community members, particularly seniors, with the opportunities to develop knowledge and skills of the helping profession and to be actively involved in Elder Help-Peel's service delivery to meet the needs of the elderly in the community. Participants are trained in advocacy, public speaking, and self reliance, and as community volunteers.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Free for participants

Funding Sources: 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Social Development Canada,
Status of Women Canada (HRSDC), Ministry of Health (LTC Div.), Weekly Bingo.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The group applied and was successful in securing three years funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. It hired a part-time coordinator and has a Board of Directors. It has wonderful volunteer support and in-kind community help. The services are developed in direct need to the seniors' needs and difficulties.

Impact Of Program: 

About 50 seniors a year are trained in this service.

Evaluation Tools: 

Evaluations are done at the end of each program session.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Elder Help-Peel is one of the the few agencies that continues to provide excellent information, education, and supportive services to diverse elderly persons residing in the Peel Region. These services are critical in helping shape the community as the population ages so that seniors continue to be valued and relevant in our community.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The need for financial support is always great but programs are expanded or cut back according to available funds.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Elder Help-Peel was established April 11, 1996, by a group of seniors who were interested in bringing diverse seniors to work collaboratively to benefit each other.

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