The Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling Society (CVSPCS) provides a free service for seniors by trained volunteer peers who provide a listening ear and emotional support to peers who may be troubled by challenges related to the aging process.
“We are fortunate to have several volunteers who have served us for over 15 years, the society says in a news release. “Last year, over 50 dedicated volunteers offered more than 4,500 hours of their time to participate in various roles including peer counsellors, supervisors, board members, training team, and caregiver support groups.
“These dedicated and compassionate people provide services to the over 100 client referrals we receive annually, more than we can currently provide services for. We continuously receive requests and referrals for Valley seniors and their families who are in need of assistance.
“To meet this demand, we need more volunteers. If you are interested in learning how to support seniors who require our services we will provide the training and guidance you require so you can join us.
“Our purpose is to assist our clients in continuing to maintain their independence and their confidence. There is no requirement for hands-on personal care.”
If you are 55 or older and interested in attending a one-hour orientation session April 8, call the office at 250-871-5940 to register. This will be followed by four full days of peer training each consecutive Monday from April 22 through May 13.
The society thanks the Comox Valley Regional District for generously sponsoring a four-day training session in late 2012. Counsellor training included sessions on communication skills, documentation and support services available in the community.
Presenters included Bev Campbell, team building and self-awareness; Brent Clayton from Seniors Health speaking on health concerns for seniors; Susan Barr from Home and Community Care speaking on elder abuse and Barb Warren from Hospice speaking on the grief process.
Sessions were also given by trained CVSPCS volunteer facilitators on confidentiality, spirituality, diversity and cultural understanding.
The Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling Society (CVSPCS) is a registered charitable non-profit organization active in the Valley since 1991.
The society is particularly grateful to VIHA, the Province of BC and the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island for their outstanding commitment to making a difference in the lives of seniors in the Comox Valley.
— Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling Society