Listening Post Barrie Community Listening Volunteer

(Burton Avenue United Church, Various Locations, Listening Post)

Position ID: V-BAR0009
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2023
Last Full Update: 15 Mar 2023

Opportunity Details: Listening Post Barrie Community Listening Volunteer

Contact Ruth McDonald, Director, Listening Post Barrie; Email:

Your role is to offer one-on-one accepting, non-judgmental listening presence at one of our partner sites throughout the community. Shifts are 1.5 - 2 hours long. We have spaces at some of our partner sites such as Downtown Library, Painswick Library, Busby Centre, Elizabeth Fry Society, Breakfast to Go, Lucy's Place, CMHA, or seniors residences.

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Benefits Access training in deep listening to develop you ability to listen in your own personal, work and community roles. Ongoing monthly listening practice and learning sessions. Connection and community with other like-minded people who want to build a more caring community through full-hearted listening.
Clients Community people who may simply need to be heard. Depending on the location they may be lonely, homeless, dealing with poverty or substance use disorder, people needing someone who will value and accept them as they are without trying to fix, advise or correct them.
Ages 18 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Areas of Interest Community Outreach ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Poverty & Homelessness
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Listening Skills ; Team Work
Commitment Length 6 months
Interaction Level One-on-one ; Volunteers meet for ongoing online training and support. Volunteers can show up to a shift as their schedule permits. Some volunteer twice a week. Others volunter twice a month.
Minimum Hours 4 / Month
Seasons Year Round
Accessibility Not Applicable ; Various sites. Some are accessible and others are not.
Location Homeless shelters, drop-in centres, libraries, outdoors, seniors residences.
Number of Positions Barrie: 10 individual(s) 
10 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Orientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Training on-going
Transportation Most listening locations are accessible by public transit
Cost Training is free. Our commitment is that finances not be a barrier to deep listening training. We do appreciate donations for our ongoing sustainability in the community.
Police Check Required
Additional Requirements Vulnerable Sector Check
Liability Insurance Available
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Start Date On or after 15 Mar 2023
Community Sets Barrie ; VC - Simcoe County ; VC - Simcoe, Muskoka, Parry Sound District, Bruce, Grey, Peterborough & Northumberland

Agency Details: Burton Avenue United Church, Various Locations, Listening Post