Just as Buerger fuer Buerger places new volunteers through workshops, current volunteers also have access to workshops that help to sharpen their skills.
One of the upcoming workshops is a session on learning how to connect with the older generation. Senior citizens are full of life experience that are substantially different from the experiences of the younger generation. Therefore, it can sometimes be a challenge for people who straddle a large age gap to efficiently connect. People attending this workshop will receive help on how to better connect with senior citizens and increase the value of the volunteering visits.
Another upcoming workshop is focused on listening. Sometimes, senior citizens can appear abrasive or tough. This personality can sometimes make them appear unfriendly. It is important that volunteers remain patient and compassionate while senior citizens are venting their frustration. Sometimes, senior citizens only want someone who will listen to them vent about their struggles or share stories about their lives. While this can be challenging, it is important that volunteers remain attentive to senior citizens through these frustrations because this can help senior citizens put their mind at ease. Attend these Buerger fuer Buerger workshops to help learn about ways to improve volunteering skills.