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 11, 12, 18, 19 (9:30 – 12:00 noon on each of these days)
October 21, 22, 28, 29 (5:30 – 8:00pm on each of these days)
November 6, 7, 13, 14 (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.