Support Group Facilitators - Richmond
**Please note: This role is usually not suitable for college/university students.**
Are you interested in making a real and profound difference in the lives of people caring for a family member with Alzheimers disease or a related dementia? Come join our team of dedicated support group facilitators.
Our support groups operate on an information and mutual aid model and are based on the philosophy that people with similar issues are in a unique position to offer support to others on the same journey. The objective of our groups is to strengthen the coping abilities of caregivers and reduce the impact of dementia on the community. Extensive training is provided.
A support group facilitator (or co-facilitator) facilitates a caregiver support group meeting, communicates with the local Support and Education Coordinator on a regular basis, maintains group attendance records and use Alzheimer Society materials to provide information to the group.
A time commitment of 3 to 6 hours per month (determined by group schedule) is required, plus time to meet with Alzheimer Society staff as required.
This position is an evening position from 7-9pm. Volunteers will be required to be available from 6:30 to 9:15pm.
* Excellent listening and interpersonal skill
* High comfort level in facilitating group discussion
* Basic understanding of the issues surrounding caring for a person with dementia and a willingness to learn more
* Good problem-solving skills
* Personal maturity and a belief in self-help values
* Good time management skills
* Basic computer skills an asset (email, word, excel)
* Satisfactory criminal record check
Confidentiality policy/procedures orientation
Support Volunteer training (extensive)
Orientation to local dementia related community resources
Access to Society dementia education programs
Access to monthly volunteer meetings Opportunity to enhance facilitation skills
Increased understanding of Alzheimers disease and caregiving issues
Knowledge that you are aiding the Alzheimer Society in being able to offer a variety of specialized support groups
Knowledge that you are playing an integral role in helping those who are struggling to cope with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia
Enrich the lives of others
Ongoing training and development opportunities Requirements:
-1.5 year commitment.
- a criminal record check