Community involvement in services for older adults
In response to a pressing need in today's society - the School of Social Work at the University of Ottawa will offer a new course titled Community involvement in services for older adults". This course will be open to all students in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The course (GRT2150) will consist of a 60 hours of volunteer work within an organization or institution that offers services to older adults, in partnership with the community engagement team. This volunteer work is accompanied by a weekly seminar during which experiences are discussed and critical analysis is developed regarding the societal choices that have shaped services for this population.
"Our main goal will be to offer arms, ears and smiles to our seniors. We also wish to accompany our students in a reflection on the place reserved to our seniors in our society and look at the services we offer them at each stage of their journey," explains Jean-Martin Deslauriers, professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa and head of the 'Aging Studies ‘ micro-program also offered by the Faculty's School of Social Work.
"This is a novel initiative of which we are very proud, as it is a way for us to help the community during a difficult time," added Victoria Barham, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa.
While offering tangible and swift humanitarian aid to organizations and services that serve our seniors, this course also aims to offer an analysis of the impacts of current government policies on the living conditions of our seniors.
The course (GRT2150) will be offered by a professor from the School of Social Work. Students will be required to undergo a criminal background check in order to take part in the course.