Integrated Community Services for Seniors

Buddy for Chinese Seniors - Richmond

The Intergrated Community Services for Seniors is an information hub designed to support Chinese speaking seniors to age at home by connecting them to culturally appropriate health and social services in Richmond. We are currently looking for volunteers who can speak Cantonese OR Mandarin OR bilingual (English and Cantonese OR Mandarin) to buddy with seniors in the city of Richmond who may experience social isolation or difficulty using public transit to medical appointments. 

Work Location: Mainly within the city of Richmond, occasionally to Vancouver for medical appointments

Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend orientation and training  
  • Friendly phone calls to seniors to provide emotional support
  • Friendly visit to seniors at home or in hospice to provide emotional support
  • Meet up, walk, drive or ride with seniors to and from medical clinics or hospital on public transit, HandyDART, or volunteer's vehicle
  • Keep seniors company during the appointment or wait for them
  • Simple English and Chinese translation when required
  • Report any concerns to the Project Lead or delegate


Time Commitment and Schedule:   

  • Based on seniors' request and volunteer availability


Qualifications Required: 

  • Criminal Record Check Clearance 
  • Fluent in conversational Cantonese or Mandarin, Intermediate English Level
  • 19 years or older 
  • Be reachable on a cell phone during the shift


  • Driving license class 5 and a vehicle with ICBC Premium Third Party Liability insurance 


Personal Traits/ Qualities Desired: 

  • Friendly and respectful 
  • Patient and good listening skill
  • Maintain confidentiality and boundaries


Orientation and Training Provided: 

  • General orientation to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and the position 
  • On-the-job training 


Benefits of Volunteering: 

  • Gain valuable experience and learn new skills
  • Make social connections with a senior in your community
  • Support the work to help seniors live more safely and healthily in their own homes while maintaining important social inclusion. 



  • This position will be supervised by the Project Lead or delegate 


Application and Screening Process: 


Please apply by clicking the "Fill in an Application" button


While we appreciate all applicants, only selected applicants will be interviewed prior to placement and must have a criminal record check clearance before volunteering.


Thank you!