Mind & Body

Mind & Body

Mind & Body

Hospice Volunteer Training

The Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Southwest Region is providing free training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers on Wednesday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is requested. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and need to pass a background check. No previous experience is required. Hospice volunteers provide comfort and support to patients facing terminal illness and their families. Training covers effective communication, patient care, and understanding grief and loss. For more information or to enroll, call Mary Pleasant at 802-442-0540 or send an email to mary.pleasant@vnahsr.org.

Mental Illness/Recovery Workshop

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Vermont) will offer the Mental Illness and Recovery workshop for family members, peers, professionals, and community members who want to learn more about mental illness and recovery. This daylong workshop will be held on Saturday, June 23, in Bennington. The workshop will provide basic information about major mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder, and provide an overview of effective treatments accessing services throughout the state, evidence-based practices in Vermont, coping strategies, crisis prevention and recovery. The workshop is free. To register, call Nick Martin at 800-639-6480 extension 102 or email program@namivt.org.

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention

Starting Wednesday, June 13, Grace Cottage will host a new beginner level Tai Chi class at 133 Grafton Road, Townshend. The series runs for eight weeks, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 to 10 a.m. The flowing movements of this ancient Chinese practice is beneficial for flexibility, balance, coordination and breathing, and can be performed standing or sitting. The class is offered by certified instructors Ruth Fleming and Pam Coburn. The series is free. Pre-registration is required; call 802-365-3649.

Volunteers Needed for BROC Restorative Circles

The Rutland County Community Justice Center (RCCJC) at BROC Community Action is looking for volunteers. Restorative Circles are a community process that consists of a group of three to four trained volunteers who work short term with an offender (referred to as the responsible party) to help them establish a goal and build a working plan, learn about the impact of the crime  on its victim and community, make amends and learn ways to avoid re-offense. Restorative Circle groups are held at BROC Community Action, 45 Union Street in Rutland and last for one hour per week for five to eight weeks. The time of day varies and staff work closely with the Circle teams to accommodate busy schedules. There is a wide range that someone can offer depending on comfort level and skills.

The RCCJC works with low- to medium-risk offenders. Restorative Circle volunteers act as a sounding board for ideas, thoughts, and actions of the responsible party with the goal of guiding towards a realistic goal. The Circle holds the responsible party accountable for their previous and current actions that have a negative impact on the community by listening, redirecting and helping them see the possible outcomes of their actions and how those may divert from their overall goals. In addition, volunteers support and praise the responsible party for positive actions, giving encouragement to continue toward a path of accountability, safety, responsibility and goal setting and achievement. To find out more, contact Maggie at 802-665-1746 or mganguly@broc.org.

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