Friendly Visiting

A brief visit can make a world of difference for someone who is lonely.

About Our Friendly Visiting Program

It is common for older adults to feel isolated and lonely. During COVID-19, while it is not possible for our specially trained volunteers to provide in-person social contact to older adults, our volunteers are regularly calling their clients by phone or virtually connecting through technology.

Volunteers and clients are carefully matched by common interests and language/culture. The special relationship that can develop between a client and a volunteer enables the client to have greater social interaction to maintain healthy, independent living.

Service Area

The service area for this program runs from Rutherford Rd to St Clair Ave, and from Jane St to the Don Valley Parkway.

friendly visiting service area

Eligibility

  • Seniors 55+ who are identified as being vulnerable, lonely and isolated
  • Live alone in their own homes or apartments
  • Have little to no family support
  • Have physical impairments that prevent them from leaving their homes on their own
  • Are able and willing to have a volunteer visit them (Note: due to COVID, volunteers will not be visiting in-person)

Highlights

  • Opportunity for meaningful connections with others
  • Visits double as a safety check, providing peace of mind to clients and their families
  • Helps combat the negative effects of social isolation

What Our Clients Are Saying

“I’m so grateful for my weekly visits from my volunteer. I look forward to them all week long. Thank you for this amazing program!”

-Client

Volunteer Opportunity!

Our Friendly Visiting program could not run without the dedication of our amazing volunteers. This is a terrific opportunity for volunteers who enjoy making connections with other people.
 
Ontario LHIN
Claims Conference
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
United Way Greater Toronto
Government of Canada
City of Toronto
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario
Accreditation Canada