Burnaby Seniors Outreach Volunteers Are Extraordinary People
When you volunteer you give others the priceless gifts of kindness and connection while giving yourself the gifts of purpose and community (and we have cookies).
- An advocate for others?
- Looking for more meaning in life?
- An active listener?
- Interested in being part of a great volunteer community?
- A good communicator?
- Passionate about helping others?
Then join us as a BSOSS Volunteer!
“Seniors Helping Seniors” -- Become A Senior Peer Support Volunteer
Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society (BSOSS) is looking for Volunteers!
BSOSS senior support volunteers are trained volunteers, 55+, who provide one-on-one support and guidance to fellow seniors who are experiencing situational or emotional unrest. These volunteers assist seniors to find clarity with a current situation and they help them create a framework to achieve attainable goals. They provide empathy to those troubled with health concerns, social isolation, anxiety, retirement, loss of a loved one, relocation, or long-term caregiving.
BSOSS senior peer support volunteers are warm and compassionate people – the ones others come to when they want to talk things through. They are good listeners, curious, and want to help others.
As a senior peer support volunteer you’ll be part of a warm, like-minded volunteer community. Through our free training program (consisting of over 50 hours of comprehensive training) you’ll be able to share your wisdom and life experiences with others while adding knowledge, confidence, and senior support skills to your own “toolbox”.
Our volunteers decide when, where, and how often they see seniors in our community who need support. These visits can be by phone, Zoom, or in person, depending on the comfort level of both the senior and volunteer.
We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to supporting their peers for at least one year.
We are currently seeking new volunteers! Are you 55+ and interested in helping out fellow seniors?
Our next free training sessions begin September 15, 2021!
The Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society is a non-profit organization in which peers support the emotional well-being of seniors.
The purpose of the society is to promote seniors' independence, self-esteem and the achievement of individual goals.
If you are facing anxiety, frustration or difficulty because of life changes such as:
- Grief and loss
- Relationship concerns
- Retirement issues
- Health and aging concerns
- Caregivers support
Please call us at 604-291-2258. Help is available.
BSOSS is a Registered Non-profit Society in British Columbia
Since our inception in 1987 as a charitable organization, BSOSS, through our peer counselling and related activities, has been providing emotional support and encouragement to older citizens of Burnaby, assisting them to enhance their quality of life, to develop problem management strategies and to maintain the greatest level of independence and dignity possible.
The society is directed by a voluntary Board, all of whom are seniors, coordinated by part-time staff, and functions with a dedicated corps of service volunteers.
BSOSS funding comes primarily from special fund raising activities, membership dues, a Community Gaming grant and other government and foundation grants for specific programmes, donations from individuals and community organizations, and generous support from the City of Burnaby.