Volunteers are at the heart of Comox Valley Senior Support. We are able to help Comox Valley seniors because of the incredible contingent of caring, generous volunteers who generously donate their time, energy and expertise. At any given time we have about 90 volunteers working on the front line of our programs and services visiting seniors, facilitating support groups, helping a senior fill in an application for benefits, helping a senior with a housing issue, providing information and suggesting possible resources relevant to an issue a senior is dealing with, and so forth. Seniors approach us with a wide range of questions and issues and we always try to help.
A successful volunteer program must offer meaningful volunteer work. It must also offer adequate training and ongoing support and recognition for volunteers. We endeavour to all of this. Our goal is to make the volunteer experience with CV Senior Support an excellent one. In addition to opportunities to learn and fine tune support skills, we work within a team-based system where all volunteers have a support person assigned to them. This means there is always someone to consult or debrief with. We also like to have some fun together and we have a few social events a year so this can happen.
There are a number of different ways to volunteer with us. These include direct support to seniors via any of our programs, working in our office, serving on our Board of Directors, fundraising, conducting small research projects, and assisting with volunteer training. It all begins with a phone call or an email; an expression of interest in volunteering. All prospective volunteers must participate in our four session training program and undergo a criminal records check. Volunteer training is conducted several times each year.
Fall 2019 training dates include:
September 26, 27 & October 3, 4 (9:30 – 12:00 noon on each of these days)
October 22, 23, 29, 30 (5:30 – 8:00pm on each of these days)
November 13, 14, 20, 21 (9:30 – 12:00 noon on each of these days)
The Society cannot operate without its volunteers and we are lucky to have so many really great people involved. If you would like to join us as a volunteer, give us a call at 250 871 5940 – we would love to hear from you.
There are two meetings each month for volunteers scheduled on the 2nd and the 4th Tuesdays. Although attendance is not mandatory as a volunteer, participation is most definitely encouraged.
The first meeting of the month (on the 2nd Tuesday of each month) is always about the clients we support. It is an opportunity for volunteers to share concerns, ask for support, as well as share success stories. This client-focused meeting takes place in the meeting room of our Courtenay office (491-B 4th Street) from 10:30 – 12:00.
The second meeting (on the 4th Tuesday of the month) is an educational meeting on a topic relevant to the work we do. Usually there is an invited speaker who has expertise in whatever the topic is. Learning and growing our knowledge and skills are values of the Society and we encourage volunteers to submit topics they would to learn more about. This meeting is held at Comox Recreation Centre located at 1855 Noel in Comox (across from the Fire Station) from 1:30 – 3:00.