GrandPal- Intergenerational Story Teller

(CFS Counselling + Wellbeing, MatureMinds, Barrie - Anne St S)

Position ID: V-BAR0214
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2023
Last Full Update: 22 Nov 2023

Opportunity Details: GrandPal- Intergenerational Story Teller

Contact Jenna Wickens, MatureMinds Coordinator, CFS Counseling & Wellbing; Phone: 705-726-2503 ext 140 * 705-627-1716; Email:

GrandPals are older adults (not necessarily Grandparents) who love children and want to make a difference for generations to come. GrandPals are trained in the stories they have to share over 5 weeks. After training, we connect GrandPals with a classroom where they meet with the same 2-4 students over a period of 8 weeks. The stories that GrandPals share about their own lives become part of the students' curriculum. Students capture the stories presented in written assignments as well as art projects.

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Benefits Social engagement, intergenerational interaction, purposeful work, opportunities to pass on stories, opportunity to reduce ageism, meaningful friendship building
Clients Students
Ages 55 year(s) - 122 year(s)
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Areas of Interest Community / Neighbourhood Volunteering ; Community Outreach ; Education Support (Elementary / Secondary) ; Friend / Penpal ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Social Interaction ; Youth Engagement
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills - Ability to recollect stories and share them ; Confidentiality ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Mentoring & Training ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Team Work
Commitment Length Short Term (3 months or less) - 5 weeks of training + 8 weeks in class
Interaction Level Small Group
Minimum Hours 1.5 / Day
Number of Positions Barrie ; Innisfil 
16 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Training is provided - 5 weeks of 1.5 hours a week
Police Check Required
Additional Requirements Application, references, vulnerable sector check
Community Sets Barrie ; South Simcoe ; VC - Simcoe County ; VC - Simcoe, Muskoka, Parry Sound District, Bruce, Grey, Peterborough & Northumberland

Agency Details: CFS Counselling + Wellbeing, MatureMinds, Barrie - Anne St S

Office Phone 705-726-2503
Toll Free Phone 1-888-726-2503
Fax 705-726-2570
Address & Map
20 Anne St S
Barrie, ON
Canada L4N 2C6