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Volunteer With Us

Volunteers play a critical role at the West End Seniors’ Network. Almost all of our programs, events, and services are delivered directly by volunteers, and we offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities for people of all ages. Over 260 volunteers contributed over 21,200 hours of their time to the WESN last year, and we want you to join our team!

To apply or find out more, contact Miriam Homem de Mello at [email protected] or 604-669-5051.

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Volunteer Positions Available

clothes and collectibles

Located in Denman Mall, Volunteers work at the cash register, accept donations, put priced items out to sell, and manage the flow of customers at the front door. Shifts are once a week for 2-3 hours Wednesday-Saturday. We are currently looking for a dedicated Saturday volunteer!

Drop in Tech Coach

We are looking for a student who can help our members and clients on a drop-in basis in the Tech Lab at Barclay Manor.

Friendly Visiting Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to visit older adults in isolation on a reoccurring basis to ease the symptoms of loneliness. Accepting dog volunteers as well!

Starbucks Goodie Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers who can pick up Starbucks goodies donations at the Denman and Davie location on Wednesdays between 9 AM-11 AM and a volunteer who can pick up at Thurlow and Davie on Wednesdays. Donations are usually 1-2 bags and would need to be picked up and dropped off at Barclay Manor.

Driving and Appointment Accompaniment Volunteers

Volunteers drive WESN clients to and from medical appointments within the Vancouver area. Drivers can use WESN’s Modo car rental account so there will be no cost to the volunteer!

tech coach

We are looking for Tech Coaches to provide 1 hour of one on one tech support to our members at Barclay Manor once or twice per week. We also need traveling tech coaches that can go to our homebound client’s homes for tech support.

On-Call Task Volunteers

We need volunteers with flexible schedules who are available for doing tasks or errands in the community for our clients. Some will be small admin projects at WESN or picking up and dropping off things for clients. Let me know if you’re available and what you would be able to do!

IGA Grocery Shopper

Volunteers meet at IGA on Burrard every Wednesday at 8:30 am to shop for local seniors’ grocery orders. Help seniors to access groceries!

Kay’s Place Information and Referral

Located in the Denman Place Mall. Volunteers meet with clients in person or over the phone, discuss their needs with them, and inform them about the services that are available to them at the local, municipal, provincial, and federal levels. One 3+ hour shift a week, Monday-Friday between 10 AM-4 PM.

If you have any questions or would like to apply to volunteer with us, please contact: Miriam
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WESN Membership

The West End Seniors’ Network includes more than 800 members. To begin or renew your annual membership using a paper form, stop by Barclay Manor or Kay’s Place or mail the completed form to Barclay Manor.

Benefits
  • Social programs, events, workshops, presentations, and drop-in activities.
  • Access to the secure, friendly, and respectful social environments at Barclay Manor and Kay’s Place.
  • Monthly newsletter and regular updates on events and activities in the West End.
  • Free access to the computer lab and WiFi at Barclay Manor.
  • Access to the printer and photocopier at Barclay Manor (fees apply).
  • Information and referral support.
  • Housing navigation service for older adults living in the West End, Coal Harbour or Yaletown.
  • Access to a variety of other services that support older adults to live well in the West End and Coal Harbour (fees may apply).
  • Volunteer opportunities.
Members under 55 years of age

Adults under 55 years of age are welcome to be a member of the West End Seniors’ Network to show their support for our programs, services and events. Younger members may vote at our Annual General Meeting and sit on our Board of Directors or a committee, but may not participate in programs or events at Barclay Manor that are reserved for adults 55 years of age and older. Please join us by becoming a member today!

Cost

A membership costs $10.00 per year and is valid from our Annual General Meeting in September 2023 until the Annual General Meeting in September 2024.

Career Opportunities

WESN is building a collaborative team of highly motivated individuals who are passionate about WESN’s mandate of having a positive impact on the lives of seniors in Vancouver’s West End.

See current available opportunities below, or contact us for more information.

Oasis Program Coordinator - Roddan Lodge Site

Full time Employment Opportunity
Open: Monday May 13, 2024
Close: Wednesday May 22, 2024

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About The West End Seniors’ Network (WESN)

WESN is a registered not-for-profit organization with over 850 members, an annual revenue budget of $1m and 15 full / part time staff. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of older adults in Vancouver’s West End by providing social, recreational, educational, and supportive programs and services that foster connection and inclusion in the broader community

Job Purpose

The OASIS Program Coordinator is responsible for working with the tenants at a new Oasis site in Vancouver. This role will involve community building, visioning, and implementing programs, activities and partnerships as envisioned by the resident community. We are thrilled to partner with Queen’s University and local older adults to establish this Oasis Aging-In-Place program. The Oasis Aging-in-Place program offers recreational and social programs in “Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities” (NORCs) such as apartment buildings with a larger population of older adults. Oasis is founded on three pillars: Preventing social isolation, facilitating better nutrition and promoting physical fitness for members. You can learn more about Oasis here: www.oasis-aging-in-place.com The Oasis Program Coordinator and will work directly with older adult members in a NORC to establish, implement, and co-coordinate the day-to-day operations of the WESN Oasis project. They will also collaborate and connect with community partners and staff at other Oasis sites across Canada.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate Senior-Led Oasis Programs: Coordinate and support senior-led wellness, social connection, and resource programs in collaboration with volunteers and other Oasis staff. Organize events and book space with apartment building staff.
  • Administrative Duties: Perform administrative duties, including ordering andmaintaining program supplies and equipment.
  • Community Engagement and Relationship-Building: Coordinate and maintain multiple stakeholder relationships in consultation with the Oasis Research Team and WESN. Work with Oasis members to ensure their active engagement with program development and decision-making. Support the development of an Oasis Network of community resources for seniors.
  • Volunteer Management: Assist with recruitment, screening, and support of program volunteers. Train, and monitor volunteers.
  • Program Implementation: Ensure implementation of programs and activities to address the identified needs of Oasis members. Implementation may include direct involvementin delivering the program (e.g. leading an exercise class), or engaging others to deliverthe program (e.g. organizing a guest speaker from the community). Attend and participate in regular Oasis program and team meetings.
  • Record Keeping and Data Collection: Assist with monitoring program outcomes and expenses. Provide regular progress reports for the Oasis Research Team.
  • Communications: Draft and create program promotional material such as posters, flyers, and event calendars and distribute to Oasis members. Support development of project social media posts as required.
  • Assist and Lead Oasis Expansion Activities as Required: Work independently within the guidelines of WESN and the Oasis Research Team. Support connections with other potential Oasis sites in the region and the development of Oasis programming at identified sites.
  • Other duties: Work as part of the WESN team and participate in staff meetings. Undertake other duties as delegated in support of the Oasis project and WESN programs and services.

Qualifications

  • Your fit:
    You see the bigger picture. You have a deep appreciation and respect for including the diverse populations that make up our community and an understanding of the issues facing older adults.
  • You love working with people. You have a passion for working with older adults and you bring confidence, open-mindedness, empathy, enthusiasm, and creativity to your interactions. When conflict arises, you approach it with care and diplomacy.
  • You are multi-talented. You can hop on a zoom call, follow a recipe, write a report, and make a presentation. (And you’re determined to figure out how to do the other things you don’t know yet.)
  • You get things done. You have a proven ability to plan, organize, and implement successful projects because of your strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • You are a natural leader. You have experience in community environments, including group facilitation and community engagement with seniors.
  • You have life experience. Your education and training in community development, social work, recreation, health or health-related sciences, gerontology, occupational therapy, kinesiology, or related field is paired with rich life experiences that have broadened your understanding and enhanced your empathy for the human condition, which include, specifically, experience working with older adults.
  • You love working in dynamic environments! You don’t need your own desk and you can make anything work as long as it’s moving towards the overall goal.

This is a full-time position, with a probation period of 3 months

Regular work hours Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, with some evenings and weekends.

Reports To: Executive Director
Starting Salary: $25.00 per hour, includes benefits after the 3 month probationary period.
Hours: 35 hours per week
Location: Split between our Barclay Manor site and Roddan Lodge
Other: Satisfactory completion of a Criminal Record Check

WESN is committed to our staff team reflecting the diversity of our community. As such, we encourage applications from older adults, persons with disabilities, BIPOC, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and all who may contribute to the diversity of our staff team.

WESN is building a collaborative team of highly motivated individuals who are passionate about WESN’s mandate of having a positive impact on the lives of seniors in Vancouver’s West End.

Please apply in writing with your cover letter and resume to – Claudine Matlo, Executive Director, [email protected]

 

Become a Partner

Empower our senior citizens society network by becoming a valued partner—individuals and businesses alike. Join hands with us to create a positive impact, fostering a supportive environment that enhances the well-being of our elders through shared commitment, compassion, and community engagement.

Some opportunities include providing donations to our special events and projects, Financial Support of our programs and services, or Partnering to deliver special programs in our community. Please reach out to our Executive Director for more information on 604-669-5051 ext 4, or email [email protected]

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