Recreation Integration Victoria's Leisure Assistance Program provides opportunities for all persons with a disability to become involved in community leisure activities and programs. This service involves matching a person with a disability on a one-to-one basis with a volunteer (Leisure Assistant) who has similar recreation and leisure interests. Once matched, you and the participant will have the opportunity to do activities that you both enjoy.
Common activities include swimming, walking, hiking, shopping, fitness classes, arts and crafts, working out at the gym, going to the movies or going for coffee and chatting.
Leisure Assistants provide motivation, encouragement and assistance (whether that be physical, social, mental or emotional) to the person with the disability. No experience is required. As a representative of Recreation Integration Victoria (RIV), our Leisure Assistants must be motivated, reliable, responsible and enthusiastic individuals, wanting to make a difference in the life of someone else.
Most of our volunteers are able to commit 1-2 hours per week, and we ask that volunteers be available for a minimum of 2 months. As a volunteer with RIV, you have the opportunity to learn and develop new skills, gain experience, meet new people, give something back to your community and accumulate volunteer hours for university disciplines.
We have openings to volunteer with youth, adults, and seniors.
We have clients that live in all different municipalities (Victoria, Oak Bay, Langford, Colwood, Esquimalt, View Royal, etc.) so we will do our best to have your volunteering close to home. Having a vehicle is not necessary.
For more information, please contact Darcy at:
(250) 477-6314 ext. 205
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