Volunteer-led program at West Lake Terrace jumps from 5 to 25 participants

A photo of the Wednesday afternoon program hosted by volunteer and family member Bob Scrivens.

A photo of the Wednesday afternoon program hosted by volunteer and family member Bob Scrivens.

Residents drawn to afternoon opportunity to interact, discuss Scriptures

A Wednesday afternoon opportunity for residents at West Lake Terrace to interact and discuss the Scriptures has seen a jump in the number of participants over the last few months. From an original small group of five people, the program now draws around 25 residents.

Bob Scrivens, whose wife is a resident at the Picton-area long-term care home, has been volunteering to host the weekly program for about a year now.

“I think that people are just interested in the content of the Scriptures. What I am doing is just opening the Bible to them,” Scrivens says.

“One of the things that I’ve been excited about is that people are starting to ask questions and are starting to interact,” he adds. “I don’t just want to be the one doing all the talking.”

“It’s really gained a lot of momentum and a lot of the residents are really enjoying Wednesday afternoons,” says life enrichment co-ordinator Janie Denard.

“It’s a totally different feeling than being at church. Bob picks a scripture and they have a great discussion.

“It seems to be not so much about maybe the teaching that day, but it’s also the social.”

Besides hosting the program, Bob is often on-hand at the home to visit one-on-one with residents.

“Bob has been a good resource for residents,” Denard says. “For residents who have suffered loss, Bob reaches out to them. He’s just been a great asset to our home.”

“I spend quite a bit of time just talking to people, because there are some, it seems, who don’t have a lot of visitors,” Scrivens says. “So I just become a listening ear.”

“I think that loneliness is such a huge thing in the home. I’m talking about those that don’t have regular visitors,” Scrivens adds.

He says he has thought in the past that it would be wonderful if that home had a chaplain, and that he would be happy to serve in that role if the opportunity ever arose. Scrivens is currently a staff chaplain for the Quinte Youth for Christ.

Scrivens was among a group of volunteers celebrated at West Lake Terrace on April 12 with a volunteer tea.

April 10 to 16 has been designated National Volunteer Week in Canada.

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