The Senior Peer Counseling training starts this week. For information about training, contact us at 650-403-4300 Ext. 4389 or via email.
Isolation is more than being alone. It is the result of feeling detached physically, psychologically, or being disconnected from support groups or family. Prolonged social isolation can equal the health risks of smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to a report from the AARP Foundation.
Here at Peninsula Family Service, we believe that nobody should face the challenges of aging alone. And with your help, we can help those who are struggling to find that social connection that helps older adults improve their health and transform their lives.
How can I help?
By becoming a Senior Peer Counselor, you can become an agent for change in the fight against senior social isolation.
Senior Peer Counselors are 55+, have an interest in working with older adults, are good listeners, caring and compassionate, have transportation, are able to volunteer 1 hour a week, and meet with fellow volunteers twice a month.
After completing training, counselors work one-on-one with participants to help them manage loneliness or isolation, life changes, health concerns, and loss.
Volunteer counselors receive FREE special training with the tools to provide confidential support. What if your true passion is to You never know!
Volunteering isn’t just great for those who you serve and the community. It can also help you build new skills, try out a different kind of occupation, meet new people and boost your own confidence. It could even improve your health!
If you are looking to strengthen your résumé, volunteering is a great opportunity to refresh your work experience and gain up-to-date references!
“I have a better understanding of the challenges facing elderly. It gives me more perseverance, patience, compassion.”
– Senior Peer Counseling volunteer
How it works
To become a Senior Peer Counselor, volunteers participate in two, three-hour training sessions each week for a total of six weeks. During the sessions, volunteers learn the skills they need to be active listeners, recognize and respond to grief, depression, and anxiety, and work with diverse cultures.
After completing training, the Senior Peer Counseling Program matches you with an older adult to offer supportive listening.
The Senior Peer Counseling Program languages include: English, Farsi, Hindi, Mandarin & Cantonese, Spanish, and Tagalog. Volunteers who speak these languages or who identify as LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.
You can contact us at any time if you need help or want to find an opportunity that is right for you. Just call us at 650-403-4300 Ext. 4322 or via e-mail.