From time to time, everyone needs to know there’s someone who will be there to listen. You can be that someone who will make a difference. If you’ve ever faced a challenging time in your own life, you know that having someone to talk to can make all the difference in the world. It can be very lonely and difficult if you have no one who is able to listen. Telecare volunteers are available to listen with understanding and without judgement. From time to time, everyone needs to know there’s someone who will be there to listen. You can be that someone who will make a difference.
What Telecare Volunteers Give
- Most importantly, active listening to those in need
- Genuine concern for each caller
- The promise of complete confidentiality and anonymity
- The opportunity to talk about what’s going on; with supportive listening, callers can come up with the best solution for their own situation
- Reassurance and emotional support
- Renewed hope and courage in difficult times
- Information about community organizations that could be helpful
What Telecare Volunteers Gain
- Training in active listening techniques and how to address emergency situations
- Comprehensive training to develop an understanding of a range of social issues
- Skills that many find helpful in their own personal lives
- Skills transferable to the work place
- The opportunity to make a difference for individuals and the community at large
- The satisfaction of providing emotional support for those in need
- The opportunity to better understand their own feelings and relationships
- Being part of a caring, community-minded team of volunteers
As a Volunteer You Need to Be
- A good listener
- Able to be non-judgmental, non-directive, accepting and supportive
- Emotionally mature and reliable
- Able to commit to confidentiality
- 18 years of age or older
- Able to commit to the equivalent of one four hour shift every two weeks.
- Willing to participate in on-going training
- Committed to the concept of service as recognized in major religions and in our society
Training of New Volunteers
- Involves 50 hours of interactive classes. Eligible participants must be comfortable with discussion format and role playing.
- Costs $50 (subsidies available to potential volunteers)
- Draws on the experience of many community experts.
- Develops listening skills and awareness of social, emotional, psychological, spiritual needs and resources.
- Is open to potential volunteers and other interested members of the community.
- Is a prerequisite to volunteering with Telecare. Further screening is also required of volunteers.