Telecare Peterborough celebrates 40 years of service and calls out for new volunteers.
Telecare Peterborough volunteers have experienced the rewards of listening for 40 years. Training for new volunteers begins October 30th. Late registration accepted until November 4th.
Telecare Peterborough took its first call October 17, 1977. Since then volunteers have been available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to share some time with lonely, overwhelmed, distressed or isolated people callers. Anyone can call, any time: 705-745-2273.
40th anniversary celebrations earlier this month included local speakers Alec Denys, Paralympic athlete who spoke about fulfilling life’s goals, Matthew Hayes, Director and Cinematographer of “Pushback”, a film focusing on five people from the Warming Room and Christian Harvey, Deacon and Director of Warming Room Community Ministries who spoke about the transformative effect of volunteering.
Certificates were presented from the province, county and city by Andy Mitchell, Deputy Warden Mary Smith and Councillor Keith Riel.
Entertainment included lively music by Natalie McMaster and her children and humorous dialogue by skilled puppeteer and juggler, Tim Holland.
Telecare needs at least 75 volunteers each month to answer about 45 calls a day. Volunteers must complete 50 hours of in class training plus several hours of mentoring while taking distress line calls.
Inquiries can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and an application for volunteers can be found on the website.
Anyone wishing to donate to help the work of Telecare Peterborough can go online to www.telecarepeterborough.org or mail P.O. Box 1535, Peterborough, ON