WHAT IS RAP?
The program offers specialized services to the Tamil, Somali and Afghan communities and has the capacity to serve members of the culturally diverse population. Trained volunteers may be used to assist with skills teaching.
Case Aides assist clients with activities such as: activities of daily living, (shopping, cooking, laundry, cleaning) vocational, finding housing, social recreation, use of computer etc. based on client needs.
HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED?
Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of a minimum of 3 hours per week for a minimum of one year. The majority of the time is spent in services to the client in the community.
WHO CAN BE A VOLUNTEER?
Volunteers are men and women with a wide variety of life experiences:
- Enjoy working with people
- Are 20 years of age and over
- Have verbal and written communication skills in English
- Are able to teach any of the following independent living skills: budgeting, shopping, resume writing, use of public transportation, cooking etc.
- Can make a commitment of 3 hours a week for one year
- Are able to work in Scarborough
The program needs volunteers from a variety of cultures with fluency in other languages.
WHO DOES RAP HELP?
RAP assists people who have been treated for mental illness, are stable and live in the community.
HOW ARE CASE AIDES TRAINED AND SUPERVISED
Volunteers receive in-depth training in rehabilitation. This includes classroom and field instruction. Training includes various aspects of the role of volunteers, mental illness, communication skills, problem solving skills, teaching activities of daily living, safety and security awareness and cultural sensitivity. Case Aides will be supervised by the RAP case managers on a regular basis. The staff is available for support and consultation during office hours. Rap staff recruit and interview volunteers during August/September with an 8 week training module starting in October, one evening a week.
If you would like more information please call and ask to speak to a RAP case manager at 416-289-6285. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity we invite you to download the application form and mail it to RAP Program, CMHA Toronto, Markham Road Site, 1200 Markham Rd, Suite 500, Scarborough, On M1H 3C3.