Senior Peer Support Volunteers
BSOSS Senior Peer Support Volunteers provide a free, confidential, one to one counselling service for seniors, 50+, who are facing anxiety, frustration or difficulty because of life altering changes in their later years.
A senior peer support volunteer is a trained senior who provides, at no cost, support and guidance through difficult times. These volunteers are selected for their personal qualities of warmth and compassion as well as life experiences. They have received 54 hours of training in communications, listening and counselling skills
A senior peer support volunteer:
- Will be nonjudgmental
- Will assist you to find your own solutions to your problems
- Will help direct you to community services, as needed
- Will respect confidentiality at all times.
Caregiving can be a daunting task. Caring for an aging or disabled relative can drastically change one’s family and social life, and provide new challenges. This program provides information which can help alleviate caregiver stress, and also help improve quality of life for the care recipient.
We offer education sessions with outside speakers, as well as a self-help support group where family caregivers can share emotions and experiences, seek and give advice and exchange practical information with others, and create a network for mutual support.
BSOSS Senior Peer Support Volunteers will also be available to offer confidential one-to-one support to family caregivers when requested.
An extensive guide to resources for family caregivers and how to access them is available by contacting our office.
Please visit our About the Program for information on this.