Community Connections - Issue No. 58 | October 4th, 2017
In this Issue:
- About Us
- Educational Sessions for Seniors
- Interesting Volunteer Opportunities
- Community Events
Sooke Region Volunteer Center helps connect People with volunteer opportunities in the Sooke Region. We believe that volunteering is a pillar in everyone's life. Our mission is to inspire to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer! Please check our Facebook Page at Sooke Region Volunteers or our website. We have a list of organizations looking for volunteers. Drop by our office we would love to know what you would like to do as a volunteer, what skills you have and what your background is. We can refer you to a compatible organization in our region. It is easy and time efficient. You can volunteer once, only during summer time or all year round. You decide how much time you can dedicate. Please do not wait. Give us a call. Our office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.30-4.30PM and our phone number is: 250-642-6364 Ext 235
Educational Sessions for Seniors -
Educational Sessions for seniors continue to be very popular. All sessions are by donation only, and free transportation is provided.
November will bring new sessions about Alzheimer, Downsizing, Nutrition Talk, Advance Health Care Directive, How to Make a Will, Introduction to Tablet, How to Communicate Through email and Skype. Registration for those sessions will start on October 10th and EMCSS and SEAPARC. Please go on calendar to find more details
Our Volunteer Centre plays a significant role in those sessions. It will not be possible to have that extensive program in Sooke if we do not have our volunteers who invest their talents to support us.
Our volunteers are everywhere. They distribute flyers, are in the office to help with the program preparation, they will answer your phone calls, and there are so many of them during educational sessions to prepare and provide refreshment, welcome participants, check attendance, introduce our guest speakers.
THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS THROUGH THE SOOKE REGION VOLUNTEER CENTER FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE
Interesting Volunteer Opportunities
Sooke Yoga & Wellness Center
Do you want to join some yoga classes for free? Yes, it is possible if you decide to dedicate your time and volunteer there. Please contact Alanda for more details. Her phone number is 250-642-9642.
Meals on Wheels
Help feed people in need by getting involved with Meals on Wheels.
Meals on Wheels is a program in Sooke that provides people in need with nutritious, affordable meals. A small group of locals get together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Sooke Community Hall and prepare fresh meals to be sent out.
Each meal costs $6 and is usually large enough to feed a customer for a full day.
Lorraine Hoy, who has been volunteering for more than 12 years, said Meals on Wheels prevents seniors from being put in a care home, by making sure they are OK when dropping off the food, and by giving them fully balanced meals.
“We keep a watchful eye on the community by delivering these meals,” said Hoy. “A lot of the seniors are very isolated, so it’s also nice for them to have a visit because most of the drivers will stay and chat for a bit with the customers when they deliver the food.”
Right now, Meals on Wheels is struggling to find enough volunteer drivers to help deliver the food.
Volunteer driver Cheryl Asham said her role is very rewarding because she loves being able to go into the senior’s homes and see them thriving, and knowing that they are getting the proper nutrition they need.
Each route takes a driver approximately an hour and allows them to see parts of Sooke they may not have seen before, and to help out people in their community.
“There’s nothing more gratifying than to know you are helping other seniors, being a senior myself,” said Asham. “Giving back is the most special gift to me.”
There are a lot of volunteer opportunities at Ayre Manor.
1) Essentials Shop Volunteer
2. Volunteer doing 1-on-1 activities with residents
5. Ayre Manor Volunteer Coordination
6. And much, much more. Please contact us for more information.
More volunteer opportunities.......
Do you want to know what else you can do to help our community? Check our website for updated volunteer opportunities. There is a lot of options for almost everyone! Too many to mention them all.
If you would like more information about community events please go to our calendar.
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the
District of Sooke.