PRO is a six-week referral, pilot program funded by the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, administered by Seniors Come Share Society. The program is designed to address the needs of older adults in the South Surrey/White Rock area who may be isolated and withdrawn from their peers and community. Referrals may come from the community,friends, family, health care workers or self-referral.
Well-trained Peer Support Volunteers support and assist participants in accomplishing goals that build a connection to their community. Peer Support Volunteers attend ten 2-hour training sessions and engage in topics like active communication, empathy, boundaries, listening skills and community resources and more.
Participants establish goals, with the help of the program Coordinator, who ensures the goals utilize the participant’s existing strengths and resources to develop a sense of community in their lives. Goals may include signing up and learning how to use HandyDart, attending a meal program or participating in a recreational activity. A Peer Support Volunteer then supports the participant as they work on their goals in a way that promotes autonomy and confidence.
To learn how you can become a Peer Support Volunteer or how to refer an older adult into the PRO Program, please call (604) 531-9400 and talk to Taya (extension 207) or Lucie (extension 205) or email at email@example.com.