Agency Update - Covid-19
Following the direction of the Provincial Government Effective January 14, 2021 DSLG has transitioned to a working with precautionary measures model to ensure the safety of the individuals we are supporting and staff. In keeping the safety of our individuals and staff as a top priority, we will transition most staff to working from home to mitigate the risk to all for the duration of the stay at home order. We will re-evaluate the risks throughout this period and extend the time frame if necessary. This means all location doors will be locked and face to face interactions will be limited. If you receive supports from DSLG your coordinator will be in contact with you throughout this period and support you in the safest way. Please know we will still continue to operate and provide services and supports to individuals during this time period as best as possible.
Distress Centre Volunteer Opportunities
The Distress Centre of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville is a free, confidential and anonymous telephone support service utilizing highly trained volunteers. All volunteers are trained to be active listeners and to allow callers to talk about their concerns, assist callers with solving their own problems, and provide information and referrals where appropriate and intervene in life threatening situations.
As a volunteer you are a catalyst for positive change in our communities. Our goal is to empower others through active listening, which promotes self-growth, development, communication and independence. If you are looking to make a difference in someone's life please fill out the volunteer application.
People from all walks of life are invited to apply.
All volunteers are provided with the following:
Training course in active listening techniques and how to address emergency situations
Comprehensive training to develop an understanding of a wide rage of social issues
Skills that can benefit your personal lives
The opportunity to make a difference for individuals and the community at large
Two-day Living Works Suicide Intervention Skills Training Workshop (ASIST)
Enhanced self -growth
On-line training, workshops, and webinars
Increase knowledge of community resources
A reference letter after completing 36 shifts
Skills transferable to the workplace
Volunteers Are Asked To:
Police reference check
Complete all training provided
Work 1-3 Shifts a month for a minimum of a 6-12-month commitment
Be punctual and reliable (other volunteers and callers depend on you)
Provide a non-judgemental active listening services to those in emotional need
Maintaining confidentiality about your work with the Distress Centre
Qualities we look for:
Excellent communication skills - Good listener
Ability to build rapport and convey empathy
Capacity to remain calm and accenting of diverse values and beliefs
Non-judgemental and accepting of diverse values and beliefs
Reliable and punctual
The ability to work independently and in a team environment