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In Lac La Biche we include a pamphlet on symptoms of grief, role of the medical examiners office and a book we purchased from Red Deer VSU (Dealing with the loss of a loved one)that has information stages/emotions, taking care of yourself, police procedure for investigating a sudden death, planning a funeral, dealing with children’s feelings, financial and legal paperwork, and we put a list of all funeral homes/counsellors/churches/supports in our area in the back.
If it is a suicide, we bring along information about grief and suicide. If children are involved we bring along the appropriate information (including the Dr. Wolfet coloring book for children and their feelings)
We also have copies of different Dr. Wolfelt books that we provide to families that wish more information or those we know are struggling. Grief support is something we have very little of in our area, so we often get calls to make those connections.
Hi Noreen: In the past we created our own presentation and set it to music. Very much like the music video we have with Paul Brandt (which we also use).In ours we used pictures of our staff, advocates and RCMP in mock situations. We have taken pictures at our own events in the community and include those.
We have and do use both. Our staff sgts have always been amazing at including what we do in their speeches. And also thanking and recognizing everyone by name, having them called onto the dance floor.
In our programs we include a single sheet overview of who we are and what services we provide.
We are always looking for new ideas, and are currently planning our ball for September. If the committee comes up with anything new I will let you know.
We were given a phone by the detachment (the rugby flip model) that the on call carries. The number is on our on call board with the advocates name and the number has been sent to the members (almost all use the on call number). We don’t call forward. All the members have my personal cell number and if for some reason the on call can’t be reached, I am texted and I send advocates out at that point.
I find this works really well. The advocates contact me if they have to leave the detachment and again when they are back. The only real con we have run into at this point is sometimes the advocate forgets to pick up or to return the phone for the next advocate. It just means that I am getting calls. We are going to try and get a group calendar that we can load to our smart phones so that we all know who is on call/when.
I have also found that my advocates check in weekly just because, whether they are on call or not. We seem to have developed a decently strong team that works well and communicates outside of the VSU required times.
Feel free to call me if you want to talk.
Lac La Biche VSUJanuary 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM in reply to: Do you pay your volunteers for their vehicle mileage? #985
We pay the RCMP rate for milage. We pay for the advocates who live out of town to drive in, from there they take the unit vehicle.We will cover the expenses they incur while doing business for our unit.
We do not give an honorarium as such, but we give recognition. At Christmas our Advocates receive $100 gift certificate to the place of their choice. We have recently just bought them yoga suits to wear on call outs (with VSU in reflective print on them). We do quarterly functions for them that include dinner and an activity: 2 family oriented/ 2 adults only. We pay for meals at the monthly meetings and are always looking for other little ideas to recognize them.
I love all my advocates and would be lost without them. I do my best to make sure that they know this all the time.