The Friendly Visiting program matches a volunteer with a socially isolated older adult, or an adult living with a physical disability, for regularly scheduled social and recreational visits.

Overtime, individuals may begin to isolate themselves and become socially withdrawn as they find it more difficult to stay connected to friends, the community or to leave the safety and comfort of their homes.

Become a Friendly Visiting volunteer today!
Call (519) 623-1340 ext. 4820
or complete the form online

By volunteering for the program, you can bring joy to an older adult in just a few hours a week.

You will be matched based on the gender you identify with and your shared interests. Activities that could be part of your visits include conversation, playing cards and games, or taking a walk.

How to Volunteer

We’re so excited you’re interested in volunteering. Before getting into our application process, we do have some requirements.

Volunteers must be:

  • 18 years of age and older
  • Able to provide a Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Able to visit during the day, evenings, or weekends, at a mutually convenient and regular time
  • Able to commit to at least 8 months of visits (2 hours/week)

Volunteers do not provide the following:

  • Romantic relationships
  • Personal care
  • Housekeeping
  • Meal preparation
  • Grocery shopping
  • Medical care
Overview of Application Process
  1. Apply by calling 519 623 1340 x4820 or using our online form.
  2. Staff will book your interview.
  3. Participate in an interview with staff.
  4. Provide 3 non-family references.
  5. Upon a successful interview, you will be required to sign an agreement.
  6. You’ll receive instructions on how to apply for a vulnerable sector check. You will be reimbursed for the cost of this application.
  7. You will be registered for a mandatory orientation session.
  8. Once you have successfully completed the screening process, you can start meeting with your new friend!

Are you or someone you know in need of a friend?

Friendly Visiting is a free Community Support Service, funded by the Ministry of Health.

To be eligible, clients must:

  • Live in the Cambridge/North Dumfries area
  • Have limited social contacts outside of the home
  • Will not require personal care during the visit
  • May be living with a disability or experiencing memory loss

Please contact us at for more information.