Saanich Volunteer Services Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
Saanich Volunteer Services Society was founded in the fall of 1992 and began operation with initial funding from the Municipality of Saanich. The Volunteer Services Sub-Committee of Healthy Saanich 2000 and the Victoria Volunteer Bureau identified the need for one-to-one volunteer services in Saanich. In their 1990 report entitled Volunteer-Provided Direct Services in Greater Victoria the first recommendation on volunteer services in the Capital Regional District was:
"The lack of volunteer based direct services in Saanich should be addressed. With an estimated 1989 population of 89,190 people, this developing municipality has the largest population of any area in the Capital Regional District. In spite of this population base, age integrated volunteer services are not universally available throughout the region."
Since 1992 SVSS has provided direct volunteer services to the residents of Saanich. Adults, and in particular, seniors in our community have benefitted from trained volunteers who offer driving and companionship as well as many other services that enhance the quality of their lives and help to reduce the effects of social isolation.
Our Story What We Do
Our mission is to promote independent living and enhance the quality of life for Saanich residents by providing coordinated volunteer services and connection to community resources.
The Society meets these needs by matching trained volunteers with Saanich residents of all ages who request service. The Society provides high quality volunteer training to volunteers, all of whom provide their volunteer service without remuneration.
Our Programs How We Do It
Supported Transportation: drives to medical and other appointments in the Greater Victoria area. Limited to one drive a week. Able to accommodate mobility aids. Individuals in wheel chairs must be able to transfer.
Companion Visiting: at home visit from a volunteer for reminiscing, card or board games, participation in an activity, discussion on mutual topics of interest, walks in the neighborhood, enjoying a cup of tea.
Companion Shopping: transportation, accompaniment, and assistance with shopping for personal items.
Telephone Visitation: a telephone pal to chat with about past and current events, family, hobbies, or other subjects of mutual interest.
Reading/Writing/Form Completion: reading aloud of correspondence, magazines, books, or other material. Letter writing. Assistance with government applications or other forms.
Minor Home Repairs: small carpentry, electrical, and plumbing jobs. Assembly of boxed items
Yard Work: pruning, weeding, planting, raking. Includes patio and balcony gardens.
Income Tax: filing of simple tax returns during the months of March and April. Eligibility subject to Canada Revenue Agency income test.
Miscellaneous: one of tasks such as sorting, packing, sewing, computer assistance. Jobs that are not personal care or housework.
Community Information and Referral: information, application, or referral to other community services.
What You Can Do
You want to volunteer but don’t know where to start. Look no further – we have the solution right here. There are many volunteer roles at SVSS. Any volunteer participation will contribute to a Saanich resident’s well-being and will never go unappreciated.
Volunteers can donate time to assist with driving, companionship, letter writing; packing and unpacking boxes for moving, organizing closets, pet walking; computer assistance and various other tasks clients can’t manage on their own. Reasonable client requests are always taken under consideration and will be done depending on the availability of a volunteer.
It is SVSS policy that all prospective volunteers have a criminal record check completed following the interview process and every three years thereafter to ensure the safety of clients.
All volunteers are responsible to the Coordinator of Volunteers. Training sessions and workshops are provided regularly to increase volunteer skills and promote communication.
To join the Saanich Volunteer Services team call 250-595-8008 today.
Check out our volunteer application www.saanichvolunteers.org