For the past 9 years, I’ve been pleased to train volunteers in the practice of Peer Support for older adults living in the West End, Coal Harbour or Yaletown neighbourhoods of Vancouver. The comprehensive training takes place with a small group over a period of 6 months and combines theory and practice sessions. During the training, volunteers address topics such as loss, depression, anxiety and family of origin issues. Peer Support volunteers learn how to ask questions that increase a client’s ability to manage their own concerns more effectively. By the end of their training, volunteers are confident to support their clients across up to 10 sessions.
The Peer Support volunteer team is supervised by myself, a psychotherapist with over 40 years of experience. Additionally, volunteers discuss their clients on a bi-weekly basis with myself to augment the support experience.
Our life-experienced Peer Support team have made a tremendous contribution to the lives of our clients. It is clear that the need for support can occur in later life, and we are proud to be able to offer assistance. We continue to receive positive feedback from our clients that the experience of Peer Support contributed to their health and well-being, especially during difficult times.
For further information please contact Alan Stamp, Manager of Support and Information Services at 604-669-7339 or email@example.com.