Support Group Facilitators - Vancouver
Are you interested in making a real and profound difference in the lives of people caring for a family member with Alzheimers disease or related dementia? This is a wonderful (daytime) opportunity for someone who is retired and looking for a meaningful & rewarding volunteer position.
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. Excellent training is provided.
Support groups are just once per month so after the initial training period your hours for volunteering are approximately 5 hours per month.
A very minimum one year commitment is required.
Initial training will require 3 hours per week for the first month or so attending other support groups and educational workshops.
The support groups are during the weekday, not evenings or weekends.
A support group facilitator (along with a co-facilitator) facilitates a monthly caregiver or early stage support group meeting, communicates with the local Support and Education Coordinator on a regular basis, maintains group attendance records and uses Alzheimer Society materials to provide information to the group.
* Mature personality and excellent listening and interpersonal skills.
* Comfortable facilitating group discussions.
* Basic understanding of the issues surrounding caring for a person with dementia and a willingness to learn more.
* Good problem-solving skills
* Able to speak clear and fluent English.
* Good time management skills
* Basic computer skills an asset (email; MS Word, Excel)
* Satisfactory criminal record check upon acceptance to the position
Confidentiality policy/procedures orientation
Support Volunteer training (extensive)
Orientation to local dementia related community resources
This is an excellent volunteer opportunity to increase your understanding of Alzheimers disease and care-giving issues, with the 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.
Ongoing training and development opportunities.
You will be asked to submit to a Criminal Record Check upon upon acceptance to the position. A minimum one year commitment is required. Please note that training time will take 2-3 hours per week for the first month or so.