Leisure Assistance Program

Leisure Assistance Program


June 5th, 2020.

RIV’s Leisure Assistance Program is currently on pause as of June 2020, however we are happy to announce that we have been successful in transferring the program to Lifetime Networks Victoria who will resume the Leisure Assistance Program at a later date.

(Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation a timeframe for the resumption of the program is still TBD. )

Please contact Heather at Lifetime Networks Victoria (heather@lnv.ca) with any questions or to indicate your interest in participating as either a client, or volunteer.


As a participant with our Leisure Assistance Program, participants will be matched with a volunteer, otherwise known as a Leisure Assistant. This volunteer will provide assistance and companionship for the client to participate in leisure or recreational activities. Matches are chosen based on interests, availability, and location and participants range from young to old with varied disabilities. Common activities include swimming, skating, hiking, working out at the gym, going to a local park or show, arts and crafts and much more. The specific type and location of your activity will vary based on the needs and interests of participants and volunteers.

Frequently Asked Questions

“How many hours do Leisure Assistants volunteer each week?” 
Most of our volunteers will commit anywhere from one to four hours per week with the participant they are matched with. The hours vary depending on availability and what the participant’s interests are.

“Do I have to pay to participate in the Leisure Assistance Program?”
There is no cost involved with the LA program. All of our Leisure Assistants are volunteers.

“What kind of activities do I participate in?”
Our matches are based on common recreational and leisure interests. If you enjoy running, swimming, music etc. we will match you with someone who enjoys the same activities.

“What are qualification requirements for volunteers?”
Our volunteers are not required to have past experience working with individuals who have disabilities. However, they do have a volunteer orientation with the Leisure Assistance Coordinator, complete a criminal record check and confidentiality and liability form, and provide three references.

Contact Information

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in a being a participant, please contact Heather at Lifetime Networks Victoria.

Leisure Assistance Coordinator
Tel: (250) 477-4112 ext. 300
E-mail: heather@lnv.ca