Empathetic seniors are needed to put their listening skills to use

The Campbell River Senior Peer Counselling Program is seeking senior men and women aged 55 and over to train as Senior Peer Counselling Volunteers

The Campbell River Senior Peer Counselling Program is seeking senior men and women aged 55 and over to train as Senior Peer Counselling Volunteers.

This community program has been in existence since 2007, providing free, quality supportive peer counselling to men and women 55 and over by trained volunteers. The focus is on providing short term emotional support to older adults who may be dealing with loss, life changes, isolation, health issues, or other problems.

Senior Peer Volunteers receive comprehensive training in empathic listening and communication skills, emotional health and aging, grief and loss, as well as ongoing education regarding the wellness of older adults. To date they have successfully provided services for more than 90 seniors.

The group welcomes new volunteers. A training program consisting of one full day a week for four weeks will start in November. They ask any interested men or women aged 55 or over to consider volunteering. Training is free and required. The ongoing time commitment is between one and two hours a week, with two brief educational meetings per month. Volunteers find it is a meaningful experience that offers social networking and lifelong learning.

Interviews for new volunteers are required and will be held until Oct. 12.

For more information or to book an interview, call Jackie or Georgette at 250-287-3044 (the Women’s Centre) or e-mail spc.womenscentre@shawcable.com.

This program for men and women is administered by the Vancouver Island North Women’s Resource Society, operating the Campbell River Women’s Centre in this community since 1983.