A Volunteer’s Guide to Seniors Peer Support and Information & Referral was made possible through the support of the 2017/2018 Vancouver Coastal Health, Health Promotion Grant. The primary aim of this funding is to support partnership development between non-profit organizations working toward community capacity building and health promotion.  This funding enabled Kitsilano Neighbourhood House to partner with and work closely with partner organizations: Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Vancouver Second Mile Society, and West End Seniors Network between August 2017 and March 2018 to develop this shared resource and accompanying training program. The primary aim of these efforts is to provide practical, consistent guidance to volunteers who are supporting seniors in Seniors Peer Support and Information & Referral programs.

The insight and expertise found within these materials reflects the collective efforts of many organizations, volunteers and staff who were extremely generous in sharing their time, materials and resources in the development of this guide and training program.  Kits House is so grateful for everyone who shared their time, support, materials and resources to make this project possible!  We hope you will find this to be a helpful and practical resource within your agency.

We would like to recognize and acknowledge the following organizations and individuals:

Project Team
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House – Derik Hyatt

Partner Institutions
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House – Lora Genaille & Martina Holblingova
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House  – Jeannie Furmanek, Rita Chan & Sophie Fung
Vancouver Second Mile Society – Michelle Kotowski
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House – Special thanks to the support and guidance of Sandra Petrozzi, Emily Palmer, Romy Senghera, and Allen Smith

Vancouver Coastal Health Community Investments
Christie Wall
Costanza Testino

Resource Organizations
Burnaby Neighbourhood House – Angela Sealy
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House – Sylvie Kruchten
PeerNetBC – Robin McConnell
Seniors 411 – Suzi Kennedy & Monica Murguia
West End Seniors Network – Anthony Kupferschmidt, Karsten Kaemling & Veronica Page

Volunteers
Barbara Beach, Sonia Chan, Christina Chisholm, Maria Clarke, Grace Cuenca, Joy De castro, Karen Diplock, Eva Grunfeld, Jean Hart, Arlene Higgs, Inji Islam, Judy Lindsay, Thais Rodgher, Lydia Travers, Merry Wood

We hope you find this resource useful throughout your organization.  Please feel free to forward, share, etc. throughout your networks and contact Derik Hyatt at (604) 736-3588 ext. 602 or derikh@kitshouse.org if you are ever interested in hosting or participating in a joint training.  Enjoy!