Volunteer Group Facilitator
The MS Society of Canada is looking for an individual with the skills and experience necessary to facilitate a support group for people with multiple sclerosis.
The Surrey self-help group meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 12:30pm – 2:30pm at Fleetwood Christian Reform Church in Surrey. This established group operates from a self-help model, whereby the members are encouraged to support and learn from one another.
The facilitator will need to foster a safe, caring environment so that group members will feel comfortable dealing with their issues and concerns regarding the ways in which MS affects their lives.
- Facilitating group (check-in)
- Coordinating group meetings & sending reminder email/phone call to members
- Standard setting and modeling of respectful behaviour
- Ensuring that all members are given a fair opportunity to express themselves while keeping the group on time
- Preparing snack, making coffee/tea room set up and clean up
- Assist in organizing social functions twice a year if requested by the group
- Ability to work independently and to take a leadership role
- Experience with and understanding of group process and group dynamics
- Empathic behaviour including active listening skills
- Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully
- Proficient at giving information but not advice
- Knowledgeable in the self help group model
Orientation (1.5hr) to include:
- background information on the Society
- information related to MS
- initial group meeting facilitated by MS Society Community Services Coordinator
- One year commitment
- 3-4 hours monthly
Supervisory Relationship / liaison:
- The volunteer will be supervised at arms length by Programs and Services staff and will liaise with assigned Community Services Coordinator with regards to MS information and individual and group support.
Address: Fleetwood Christian Reform Church: 9165 160 Street, Surrey, BC
- Gain valuable work experience.
- Develop and enhance facilitation skills.
- Work with a diverse group of people in a supportive role.