Making a difference for seniors

The Family Resource Centre holds training for the Senior Support Volunteer program

Neville and Patricia Hosking enjoy volunteering with the Family Resource Centre’s Senior Support program. New volunteer training takes place April 16 to May 28.

Neville and Patricia Hosking enjoy volunteering with the Family Resource Centre’s Senior Support program. New volunteer training takes place April 16 to May 28.

If you are a person who enjoys spending time with seniors and wants to make a difference in someone’s life‚ the Family Resource Centre has an opportunity for you.

The centre is partnering with the IHA Seniors Mental Health team to improve the quality of life for seniors in the  community who are experiencing social isolation, early dementia or depression.

“Our Senior Support Volunteer program matches volunteers with clients who need a friendly, helping hand and a listening ear,” said Karen Swales, coordinator of volunteer services for the Family Resource Centre.

Visits typically involve activities such as getting out to do banking or pick up groceries, playing a game of Scrabble or cards, going for a walk and smelling the flowers, or just enjoying a cup of coffee and a fond reminiscence in their home.

“Spending time with my senior each week gives me the opportunity to not only provide a companionship service, but it also offers a rewarding experience by enriching my life,” said Patricia Hosking, a volunteer with the program. “The time we spend together gives us both a time for sharing life experiences and simply enjoying each other’s company.”

Training is provided for volunteers and the next session runs April 16 to May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the People Place.

For more information, see www.vernonfrc.ca or call Swales at the Family Resource Centre‚ 250-545-3390.