Volunteer services are often organized by volunteer centres that exist to foster and develop volunteerism in communities. Two volunteer centres that might be of interest to East Sooke residents are Sooke Region Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Victoria. Instead of going to a volunteer centre, individuals can also approach organizations individually to see if they provide volunteer opportunities.
Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) promotes volunteerism by providing people with information about the rewards of volunteering, and helps volunteers connect with rewarding opportunities in the Sooke Region. The SRVC also helps non-profit organizations to recruit volunteers, and works with these organizations to identify needs and mobilize a volunteer response. SRVC also helps people who might be interested in being a volunteer to identify their interests and skill areas, so they can be matched with an organization that is a good fit for them.
The SRVC opened in November 2013, and at the present time provides volunteer placements in Sooke. However, East Sooke residents are welcome to serve as volunteers for Sooke-based organizations. Placements in other communities will be developed as volunteer opportunities are identified by local community groups.
For more information about volunteering through the SRVC, or about recruiting volunteers for your organization, refer to Sooke Region Resources. You can also contact the Centre by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 250-642-6364 extension 235. The SRVC is open on Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and people are welcome to drop into the Centre which is located at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way in Sooke.
Volunteer Victoria (VV) has been in operation since 1974. VV works with thousands of volunteers to help link them with opportunities in Greater Victoria. VV also works with over 300 community agencies to provide mentorship, advising, training, and volunteer management services.
VV recommends that people with an interest in volunteering in Greater Victoria should decide what kind of volunteer opportunity they want and then access Volunteer Victoria. From there volunteers can contact the agency offering the volunteer opportunity.
VV also offers special programs for people who face mental health or addiction challenges. As volunteering can be an important step in any recovery process, the Volunteer Access Program focuses on inclusion and supports for these individuals. Another special program offered by VV is the Recreation Visiting program, which matches community volunteers with individuals living in mental health group homes to provide companionship and reduce isolation. Volunteers help residents integrate into the community by engaging in social and recreational activities such as: starting fitness programs, going for coffee, playing pool, going shopping, attending cultural activities or watching sports.
VV also offers numerous training opportunities for non-profit organization that are listed on the website Volunteer Victoria.
Volunteer Victoria's contact information is:
#306-620 View Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1J6
Tel: (250) 386-2269
Fax: (250) 386-2279
Follow them on Twitter@volvicbc
Become a Fan: www.facebook.com/volvicbcYouth
Sooke Hospice Society is aimed at the provision of coordinated medical and nursing care, home help and medical equipment, and volunteer support of people who are at the end stage of their lives. In addition to offering services to Sooke residents, this organization also provides care to people living in East Sooke. The following services offered by Sooke Hospice Society are free and available to all who feel they would like greater control over the choices they may wish to make about the quality of their life.
- Trained volunteer support
- Medical equipment at no cost
- Delivery and set-up of electric beds, also at no cost
- A variety of high quality mattresses including air mattresses with different features
- Roho cushions
- 2 lifts, as well as a lift chair and transfer belts
- 2 generators for use with the beds in case of emergency
- Transportation for medical appointments and grief and bereavement counselling
- Library books
- Ensuring the high quality of care to palliative individuals, as well as their families and loved ones
- Maintaining the high level of volunteer and professional service through ongoing educational opportunities and self governance
- Striving to increase resources to allow individuals in care to remain in the community
Sooke Hospice Society has a robust volunteer program. Volunteers receive 30 hours of class room training and further ongoing training though out their duration with the Sooke Hospice Society. Volunteers work out in the community striving to increase resources to allow individuals in care to remain in their home and with their loved ones. Volunteers provide appropriate support, companionship and/or special skills to the individual and their family members. At this time Sooke Hospice has 30 volunteers who work in the community. Volunteers can be involved in all programmes provided by Sooke Hospice.
Volunteers are always needed by Sooke Hospice Society. Contact them at:
Sooke Hospice Society
PO Box 731
6669 Goodmere Rd
Sooke, BC, V9Z 1H7
Phone: (250) 642-4345
Fax: (250) 642-0232