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Friends make all the difference

Brenda Power was among the first to join Friends of SeniorsNL.
Brenda Power was among the first to join Friends of SeniorsNL.

SeniorsNL receives thousands of calls every year from seniors and those who care for them. They look for information to support a quality life for themselves or their loved ones.

These calls are answered by information and referral line peer support volunteers, a team of seniors trained to respond to all callers by offering a listening ear, information and support. Yet, there are a lot of seniors across the province who may not know who to call for this service.

To address that challenge — and to help meet an increase in volunteer inquiries — the Friends of SeniorsNL was born.

Friends of SeniorsNL are asked to refer older adults who have questions or concerns about programs, services and issues to our information and referral service. Once there, they can get a listening ear, support and the information they need.

This newest volunteer opportunity allows SeniorsNL to attract a broader audience of people who can connect others to us. It’s also an intergenerational opportunity for us to engage people of all ages in the well-being and independence of older adults.

Brenda Power was among the first to join Friends of SeniorsNL.

“As soon as I heard about the Friends of SeniorsNL, I volunteered to become one of them,” says Power. “I am lucky to have an apartment in the same building where SeniorsNL has their offices, so I knew them for a while before they started Friends of SeniorsNL. I would drop in anytime I had a question or needed information for myself or someone else — and I still do. Their volunteers on the information and referral line know their stuff and are always ready to help.”

“I enjoy being a friend of SeniorsNL because it gives me chances to help someone else and I always feel good when the peer support volunteers tell me that they get calls from people I’ve referred to them,” says Power. “That helps me keep my mind off any problems I might have.”

“SeniorsNL gave me business cards with their contact information to pass along to seniors who may need information about programs and services or someone to talk to about a personal situation,” she adds.

“As a friend of SeniorsNL, I receive invitations to attend different events they have here in St. John’s and they have introduced me to other groups that I have become involved with as well.”

Contact SeniorsNL locally at 709-737-2333 or toll-free at 1-800-563-5599 or email info@seniorsnl.ca for more information. Volunteer contribution is valuable to seniors across Newfoundland and Labrador and to SeniorsNL.

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