DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Community Care Durham is looking for volunteers from North Durham to assist in facilitating a variety of support groups for their COPE Mental Health Program.
The program runs in Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge, and the support groups address depression, anxiety, coping and wellness, and social recreation.
“As a program in a non-profit organization, COPE relies on the good will of volunteers to keep our mental health programs running in the community. Thankfully, the stigma around mental illness is slowly dissipating, but that means the need for mental health supports and volunteers is rising,” COPE Manager Kathleen Wells said in a press release.
In the release, Ms. Wells also spoke about the importance of volunteers and one of the benefits of being a volunteer.
“Nothing compares to the feeling of being a volunteer at a time when the need is so real. Our volunteers provide a truly invaluable service to our client,” she said.
Community Care is looking for volunteers who “have a passion for mental health” and are “compassionate, patient and outgoing [people] who get along well with others.”
“Volunteers work together to provide a safe, supportive environment where clients can have open discussion, and receive emotional support and coping skills to help them through everyday living.
An extensive mandatory 12-week training program in 'Mental Health Fundamentals and Group Facilitation' is offered three times a year, on Thursday evenings. The focus of the training is to provide new volunteers with the skills and knowledge necessary to become exceptional facilitators. Dedicating to at least a one-year commitment is required. The next round of training will begin in early April,” the press release read.
For more information on this opportunity, contact Kathleen Wells at 905-985-6216, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. People can also contact volunteer coordinator Marcy Marchuk, at 905-623-2261, ext. 221, or by email at email@example.com
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