Veteran Peer Support Officers (VPSOs) are volunteer Victoria Police veterans who provide support to other police veterans, former Victoria Police employees and their families who may be dealing with personal issues, need to talk, or are seeking someone to confide in.
This is achieved by having one-on-one conversations with them, actively listening and assessing their situation and providing non-clinical advice where appropriate.
To be a successful VPSO, you will possess the following skills, experience and attributes:
People skills - active listening, connecting with others, ability to read a situation, empathy.
Character and attitude - trustworthy, resilient, reliable, open-minded, genuine, adaptable, patient, caring, compassionate, non-discriminatory, respectful, positive.
Was employed by Victoria Police (mandatory).
Has helped guide others through difficult times (desirable).
Has volunteered in another organisation before (desirable).
Benefits of becoming a VPSO include:
Ability to make a real difference to the lives of Victoria Police veterans and former employees.
Entrance into a network of like-minded individuals who want the best for the community.
Training, supervision and guidance from mental health care professionals.
Opportunity to learn about yourself and others, as well as reflect on your time at Victoria Police.
Greater fulfilment and a sense of purpose, which is linked to improved happiness and health.