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“We are so lucky to have the VNA in our community. When you need them, they are there to care for you and support you and your family. VNA staff and volunteers are a gift in our times of need.”

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Training Opportunity

Train to become a Start the Conversation Facilitator!

The VNA is looking for volunteer community facilitators for Start the Conversation, a program of the VNA and our sister home health and hospice agencies in Vermont. The goal of Start the Conversation is to increase public awareness of end-of-life care, encourage conversations about end-of-life goals and support advance care planning.

As a facilitator, you will lead group discussions to talk about care options, identify important issues to address now and provide tips and strategies for how to have these conversations.

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The free training will be held on:

Tuesdays and Thursdays
6-9 pm
September 4-23
at the VNA Prim Road office, Colchester

Training includes a full-day skills-building workshop on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 am-3 pm.

To sign up or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Karyn Carstensen at carstensen@vnacares.org or call Christine Werneke at 860-4436.


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