Centennial Place Therapeutic Volunteer Program provides opportunity for individuals to volunteer in the community and gain meaningful experience.
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The Centennial Place Theraputic Volunteer Program (TVP) provides opportunity for individuals to volunteer in the community and gain meaningful experience. This popular, year-long program is one of many different programs offered at Centennial Place, a clubhouse that provides opportunities for relationships, leisure, wellness support and vocational training. Clubhouse members are referred to Centennial Place by their local mental health centre or a family physician.
Denise Adams began with the Therapeutic Volunteer Program in August 2015, volunteering at the Mission Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre and the Mission Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. Her experience at both venues has been very positive.
“It has been great to volunteer in the community and gain meaningful experience while receiving the small incentive attached to the program,” she says. “These experiences have connected me to people I would never have met otherwise.”
She says that these connections can be a benefit for future opportunities as she has also received a letter of reference for the work she’s done. Her resume will also show that she has been an active and contributing member of her community.
Robert Jeffery, the manager at Centennial Place, says TVP is both therapeutic and practical.
“It is a great way for individuals to get active and feel a sense of accomplishment in their daily life. This can contribute greatly in the life journey of any person working towards mental health,” he says. “It can also provide very valuable work experience and a reference for future employment opportunities.”
TVP provides a small stipend for the participant as long as they are serving as volunteers. This has made a big difference to Denise.
“I have found that even the small financial incentive associated with this program has been a great help to me as the funds I receive through disability income are insufficient,” she says. “This has enabled me to cover my living costs better and is very appreciated.”