Volunteer orientation for seniors

The Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling Society is conducting a volunteer orientation.

The Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling Society (CVSPC) is conducting a volunteer orientation session Oct. 3 for retired seniors living in the Comox Valley over the age of 50 who would like to volunteer some of their time assisting other seniors in our community.

Following this session, selected candidates will be offered the opportunity to participate in a volunteer training course that will be offered in a group setting from Oct. 15 to 18 in Comox.

There is no cost to the volunteer for this training. Donations or gifts-in-kind are welcome to assist with costs.

Topics include self-awareness, communication and listening skills, values, goal setting, mental health and community resources for seniors. Training also stresses the need to be cognizant of the little things that can help someone feel that life is still full of value and meaning.

Men and women volunteers are needed with a willingness to learn and the ability to listen to seniors share their stories.

Upon completion of your training you would be joining a group of about 50 other senior peer volunteers who are a dedicated group of men and women volunteering their time to meet with other seniors who have connected with our organization seeking peer support.

Clients are most often facing a challenging change related to the aging process that they feel would be assisted by a trained peer volunteer meeting with them for about one hour a week for three to six months.

Adapting to retirement, health and lifestyle changes, loss of a loved one, isolation, loneliness, early-stage dementia or stress are some of the issues clients face.

Sometimes a weekly visit from a peer volunteer, who brings hope and a ray of sunshine into someone’s life, can make all the difference.

CVSPC plans to offer volunteer orientation and training twice a year.

Space is limited for the orientation and training sessions. For more information or if you would like to join these October sessions, phone 250-890-0099 before Sept. 24.

For more information, visit www.cvspc.wordpress.com.

— Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling Society

Just Posted

Courtenay petition to decriminalize all drugs continues to collect signatures

A Courtenay couple is collecting signatures for their petition to decriminalize drugs in Canada

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

Comox residents question redevelopment at emotionally-charged meeting

About 40 people filled the d’Esterre House in response to a community consultation meeting.

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could save the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Courtenay receives second application for cannabis shop

Just one resident spoke at a Tuesday public hearing in Courtenay council… Continue reading

Most Read