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The Women's Centre of Halton is looking for peer support volunteers.
We need volunteers in our Milton location for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Shifts are 10 am-12:30 or 12:30 to 3 pm.
If you would like to help other women through difficult times, we will provide the training and support so that you can truly make a difference!
Peer Supporter Volunteers provide clients with a safe, supportive environment in which they can explore their options and receive the information and support they need to make positive changes in their lives.
The Milton location is at 410 Bronte St S Unit #203, Milton
● Maintain regular communication with consumer(s): at minimum once a week via email or phone, one in-person
social event per month
● Establish a trusting and supportive relationship with client(s)
● Record and report volunteer hours on the volunteer time log on a monthly basis - include time spent calling, emailing, and visiting client
● Communicate any changes, issues, or inconsistent communication patterns to staff liaison in an effective and timely manner
Bereavement Peer Support Volunteers Needed!
Apply to volunteer today to start your FREE ONLINE Bereavement Peer Support Training!
About the Bereavement Peer Support Program:
In this program, you will play a crucial role in helping to normalize the grieving process for individuals struggling to cope with the death of a loved one. As a Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer, you will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to share their stories and express their feelings. Your role will involve offering comfort, support, and assistance in finding meaning and healing. Additionally, you may provide information and strategies to help clients learn to live with their loss.
In our Bereavement Peer Support Program, we recognize the unique strength that comes from shared experiences. Therefore, we are specifically seeking volunteers who have personally encountered a significant loss in their lives. This program operates on the principle of peer support, emphasizing that our clients often benefit immensely from sharing their challenges with someone who has navigated a similar journey of loss and grief.
The Strength of Peer Support:
Being a peer support program, we understand the profound impact that a volunteer with personal experience can have on someone struggling with grief. Your own journey through loss enables you to connect with clients on a deeper level, fostering a sense of understanding, empathy, and shared resilience. Clients often find solace in knowing that they are not alone in their grief, and your presence as a peer support volunteer can provide a source of strength and inspiration.
Your Personal Journey as a Source of Comfort:
As a Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer, your lived experience becomes a valuable asset in providing comfort and reassurance to those in need. Your ability to relate to the complex emotions of grief can offer a unique form of support, helping clients feel understood and validated in their own struggles. Through the sharing of your personal journey, you contribute to the creation of a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can openly express their feelings and find solace in the knowledge that they are not alone.
Matching Volunteers and Clients:
To further enhance the effectiveness of our support, we make efforts to pair newly trained volunteers with clients who have experienced a similar type of loss, where applicable. This matching process is designed to create a more profound connection between volunteers and clients, as it allows for a shared understanding of the specific challenges and emotions associated with a particular loss. By aligning personal experiences, we aim to create a supportive and empathetic environment that promotes healing and growth.
A Shared Path Towards Healing:
In joining this program, you become an integral part of a community that understands the transformative power of shared experiences. Your willingness to give back by helping others navigate their grief is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Together, as a community of volunteers who have walked similar paths of loss, we aim to provide comfort, support, and the hope of healing to those who seek it.
Our upcoming Bereavement Peer Support Training is scheduled for winter 2025. Training details are as follows:
Time: 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Delivery mode: ONLINE via Zoom link
Course duration: 10 weeks
Ongoing: Following training, volunteers are typically asked to commit 1 hour per week, matched with a client for approximately 3 months.
24 Hour Crisis Line Volunteer with a commitment of at least 6 hours per month (minimum of 1 - 4 hour shift per week).
- Support survivors of sexual assault and violence (and their support people) on the SAVIS 24 hour crisis line using an anti-
racist/anti-oppression feminist framework
- Complete SAVIS crisis line training and evaluation
- Agree to work a minimum of 16 hours per month on the crisis line
- Must attend monthly volunteer meetings - 2 hours in length maximum - in addition to crisis line shift
- Schedule shifts with Crisis Line Coordinator
- Submit call logs after each shift
- As time allows, visit with non-palliative patients.
- Offer activities such as: reading, playing games, walks outside, listening to music, writing
cards/letters, make a cup of tea or coffee.
- Provide a variety of spiritual/religious resources that reflect the diversity of the population served
- Plan and organize the rotation of community Church leaders with services rotating on a monthly basis.
- Provide 1:1 spiritual visits to our residents1-2x per week
- Provide compassion and comfort when illness is chronic or incurable
- Assist our residents to find meaning and purpose in a safe environment
Are you interested in making a positive impact in the Halton community? Do your friends and family tell you that you're great with children and youth? Why not consider sharing your spare time, skills and laughter with a child or youth in need in your community? Our volunteers act as positive role models to children and youth of all ages throughout Halton. In as little as a few hours a month, you can make a significant difference in the life of a child or youth.
The Halton CAS is dedicated to developing mentorship relationships that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, and we encourage applications from diverse groups including from Black, 2SLGBTQ, First Nations, Inuit and Metis persons.
Physical distancing does not have to mean social disconnection – we have adjusted and adapted to ensure mentors and mentees continue their relationships while they may be separated due to Coronavirus COVID-19.