Volunteer

Our volunteer program provides a unique opportunity for clients and the general public to enhance the services offered through CMHA. Volunteers are an integral part of CMHA and support the Branch in a variety of areas. Volunteer positions include One-To-One Social Support, Group Activities Support, Volunteer Driver, Special Events Support, and the Speakers Bureau.

One-To-One Social Support
Trained volunteers will be matched on a one-to-one basis with people living in the community who are recovering from mental illnesses. The Volunteer will meet regularly with the client(s) to provide companionship, accompaniment and to establish a supportive relationship. The objective is to promote, support and/or encourage independence in the areas of social skills, community living skills, emotional stability and self-confidence, working with the CSW and clients pre-stated goals. This role is non-clinical, with a goal to provide a friendly, supportive volunteer relationship. Each friendship is unique.

Group Activities Support
Trained volunteers will assist staff members in carrying out group activities, whether social or educational groups. The Volunteer will meet regularly with the staff member to coordinate group preparation. The objective is to promote, support and/or encourage participation group activities and work to engage clients who may need extra assistance. This role is non-clinical, with a goal to provide a friendly, supportive volunteer relationship.

Volunteer Driver
Volunteers are needed to support clients by providing dependable transportation to and from their homes to appointments and/or groups. Volunteer drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have minimum 5 years driving experience. Travel is primarily throughout Oxford County, with the possibility of leaving the county. Provide agency with valid license, and insurance that shows two million dollar liability, submit monthly paperwork of volunteer hours contributed and mileage expenses, if it applies. Drivers using their own vehicles will be reimbursed for mileage.

Special Events Support
Volunteers are needed for the planning/organizing for events and attending on the day of the event itself. Tasks may include helping to set up, take down, run a booth or support an activity, be a runner to bring supplies to those who need them. Volunteers may also be asked to help advertise our events (design posters and tickets), place posters, sell tickets, use social media, phone calls and bulletins to local organizations and businesses.

Speakers Bureau
Persons with lived experience or their family members are needed as volunteers to make themselves available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Oxford County. This service is free, although travel expenses may be requested to some locations.


Current Volunteer Postings:

CMHA Oxford Volunteer Driver

CMHA Oxford Volunteer Peer Support Drop-In, Woodstock

Peer Volunteer Posting


Download the Volunteer Application Form here

Check out our Volunteer Manual (February 2015) here

And mail, fax or deliver it to our Main office: 522 Peel Street Woodstock, ON N4S 1K3 Fax: 519-539-8317
For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Kathlene Campbell-Conlon
Phone: 519-539-8055 ext. 226
E-mail: KathleneCampbell-Conlon@nullcmhaoxford.on.ca

*CMHA Oxford is happy to accommodate applicants with disabilities, if you require accommodations related to a disability at any point during the volunteer application process please let us know.