Keeping Seniors Active

We hear it from caregivers a lot: “My parent has moved in with me and I’m so busy that I can’t give them the attention they need.” It’s not your fault. The demands of work and family are a lot for anyone to handle, and then add to that a retired parent who was very successful and used to being busy suddenly having not much to do.

It’s important for seniors to stay active. According to Statistics Canada, “Epidemiological studies suggest that social activities may be particularly important for older adults. The possible health benefits include reduced risk of mortality,disability and depression, and better cognitive health, self-rated health and health-related behaviours.” But how can you make sure your parent is getting all that?

For many families, the answer is–volunteering. Is your father great at arts and crafts? Maybe he’d enjoy volunteering with Creative Kids. Is your mother something of an international diplomat with a great head for business? She might enjoy working with Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit that works with artisans from all over the world, promoting free-trade.

There are dozens of nonprofits in Saskatchewan that would love to have your parents on board and would more than appreciate the wealth of knowledge they’ve accumulated over their professional lives. Best of all, the health benefits are immeasurable.

 

Volunteer Opportunities in Saskatchewan

Healthcare
AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan, supporting community health and well-being through sharing HIV/AIDS information resources

ALS Society of Saskatchewan, creating awareness, providing education and raising funds to support that fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Canadian Blood Services, saves lives with its valuable blood donation program (volunteers are trained or are fitted with tasks that match their skill set)

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, fighting breast cancer

Canadian Cancer Society, fighting cancer and improving the quality of life of those with cancer

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, eliminating heart disease and stroke in Canada and reducing their impact through research, education and advocacy

Ovarian Cancer Canada, fighting ovarian cancer with research, advocacy and education

Planned Parenthood Regina, promoting positive sexual health through education

Regina Palliative Care Inc., developing, promoting and supporting palliative care and bereavement care for patients and their families in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region – Department of Volunteer Services, ongoing volunteer opportunities in health services

SARBI, providing psychosocial rehabilitation for those who have suffered brain injuries

Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan, improving the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research

Children and Youth
Achievement Plus Tutoring Program, tutoring children in grades 5-12, ESL and GED students. Offered through Regina YMCA

Big Brothers of Regina, matches volunteers (male and female) with youth at risk in Saskatchewan.

Children Exposed to Violence (Y’s Kids) Program, providing positive, engaging role models for children in need of extra emotional support

Creative Kids Regina, giving all Saskatchewan’s children a chance to participate in the art

Girl Guides of Canada, developing the best in Canada’s young girls so they can make a difference in the world

KidSport Saskatchewan, increasing the accessibility of sporting opportunities to financially disadvantaged children.

Rainbow Youth Centre, providing multicultural programming and support services for young people aged 11–25 years

Scouts Canada Saskatchewan Council, bringing outdoor recreation and friendship to Canada’s youth

Street Culture Kidz Project Inc., providing personal support and skills development to children and youth (5-29 years of age) in need

YWCA – Big Sisters of Regina, enriching the lives of children and youth by encouraging them to believe in themselves

Culture
Association Canadienne-Francaise de Regina, celebrating French culture, heritage and language

Cathedral Village Arts Festival, celebrating arts and crafts at their annual festival. Volunteers are most needed in May

Creative Kids Regina, giving all Saskatchewan’s children a chance to participate in the art

RCMP Heritage Centre, sharing the RCMP story through state of the art exhibits, multimedia and tours

Regina Little Theatre Society, celebrating theater with community programming and entertainment

Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Languages Inc., developing, teaching, and promoting the learning of heritage languages

Society
Carmichael Outreach, helping those that struggle with poverty, addiction or other challenges

Citizens Advisory Committee to the Correctional Services of Canada, working with Canada’s correctional facilities to provide impartial advice and recommendations

Dress for Success Regina, serving disadvantaged women by providing professional attire

Engineers Without Borders, sending qualified engineers to communities in need all over the world

Fruit for Thought, sharing fruit and promoting sustainable practices in agriculture

Heritage Community Association, helping residents build thriving inner-city communities with links to their rich cultural heritage

Lions Clubs International, bettering communities across the world since 1912

Neil Squire Society, empowering Canadians with physical disabilities

Newo Yotina Friendship Centre, assisting Aboriginals in the transition to our community and helping them pursue opportunities which will enhance their quality of life

Ranch Ehrlo, promoting the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the elimination of abuse, neglect, addictions, and violence

REACH, ensuring everyone has enough good, nutritious food to eat

Regina Food Bank, fighting hunger and feeding hope

Regina Home Economics for Living Project Inc. (HELP) Regina, helping citizens with financial and nutritional literacy through programming and education

Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC), providing support to immigrants, international students, refugee women and their families

Regina Open Door Society Inc., providing settlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants

Regina Transition House, helping women escape from domestic abuse

Regina Sexual Assault Centre, providing counseling to men and women who have suffered sexual abuse and violence

Regina Work Prep Centre, helping people get work

Sask Abilities Council, working with people of varying abilities to enhance their independence and participation in the community through vocational, rehabilitation, and recreational services

SCEP CENTRE Early Intervention and Training Services, offering early learning guidance and support to parents of children with complex needs

Skate Canada – Saskatchewan, supporting Saskatchewan’s ice skating community

Sofia House, sheltering women fleeing from abusive homes

Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, rescuing people from poverty and addiction, by offering the Gospel message through emergency help, such as food, clothing and shelter, and Life Changing Recovery Programs

Special Olympics Saskatchewan, providing sport to children and adults with an intellectual disability in Saskatchewan

Ten Thousand Villages, selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe to support developing countries

Tetra Society of North America, creating assistive devices for those with disabilities

Wind On My Wings sailing club, sharing the love of sailing

Animals
Regina Humane Society, improving the welfare of animals

Regina Therapeutic Riding Association, providing qualified instruction in therapeutic riding and horsemanship to children and adults with special needs