Distress Centre Volunteer Opportunities

The Distress and Information Centre offers a confidential crisis telephone service within the counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville. Telephone support is offered by caring volunteers who are there to listen to anyone who is in crisis or in distress. People who call the Distress Line might be lonely or going through a difficult time in their lives, or feel overwhelmed at the moment and need someone to talk to. Click Here to volunteer.

Can Anyone Volunteer?

People from all walks of life are invited to apply.

Volunteers Are Offered:

  • A 14 hour Training Course
  • A Comprehensive Training Manual
  • A Resource Library
  • Two-Day Living Works Suicide Intervention Training Workshop
  • On-Line Training
  • A Reference Letter after completing 36 shifts

Volunteers Are Asked To:

  • Complete all Training Provided
  • Work three 4-hour shifts per month (36 shifts per year) for a minimum of one year
  • Be punctual and reliable (the other volunteers and callers count on you!)
  • Provide a non-judgmental active listening service to those in emotional need

What Are The Benefits?

  • You will make a difference in someone’s life
  • Learn valuable skills that you can use at  home, work, school and in the community
  • Build your resume
  • Explore possible career changes risk-free

How Do I Apply

  • Call the Volunteer Trainer in your area for more information and an application form application form
  • Identify 3 references that can speak to your skills and experience
  • We will meet you for an interview
  • If we are both in agreement that the Distress Centre would be a “good fit”, then you will be invited to attend our training

Who Do I Contact?

    * In Leeds and Grenville for offices in Prescott, Brockville, Perth, Carleton Place, Gananoque and Kemptville Contact 
Bruce Fullerton at bfullarton@developmentalservices.com (613.345.1290 x163)   or;
Debbie Bonselaar at  dbonselaar@developmentalservices.com (613.345.1290 x165)