Peer counsellors needed

This program has been in existence since 2007, providing free, quality supportive peer counselling to men and women 55-plus

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 program has been in existence since 2007, providing free, quality supportive peer counselling to men and women 55-plus 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. They are supported by a coordinator and become part of an important team to help other seniors in the community.

A training program consisting of one full day a week for four weeks will start in May. Interested men or women aged 55-plus who are compassionate and enjoy helping others are asked 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. Interviews for new volunteers are required and will be held starting the first week of April. For information or to book an interview call  250-287-3044 or e-mail womenscentre@shawcable.com.