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2568 - Peer Support Volunteer
Position Address:
Varies within Peel region (also, ONLINE, from home)
Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Virtual


Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network provides free bereavement support to families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy at any stage, or the death of their baby, up to 12 months old. We currently have volunteer opportunities for people who are approximately 2 years past their bereavement date and are looking for meaningful ways to offer their support to others. We are actively training peer supporters for bereavement groups and events, phone support, and for private online support groups.


Volunteering roles typically support families in group sessions, plus volunteers support one-on-one on the phone, or online in a chat group. PAIL's highly regarded volunteers are there:> To be there alongside the bereaved, showing that you care, want to offer support, have time to listen, and do not mind hearing their story many times over> To be a good listener (by listening, you are helping the bereaved integrate their new reality and make sense of their loss)> To be empathetic to their experiences, helping them to identify their difficult, complicated and perhaps disturbing feelings. > To offer reassurance that what they are experiencing is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation (volunteers can be a positive presence in the bereaved's life, and can show that over time they too may find ways to integrate the loss in their lives in positive ways> To offer continuous, ongoing support, possibly over several months (grief is a process that is different for everyone, and has many ups and downs)> To keep their confidence and offer reliable support, assuring the bereaved that you are able to provide a confidential, reliable, consistent environment for them to share inGroup Peer Support Facilitator Responsibilities:- Facilitate 1.5-2 hour monthly support group meetings- Arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the start of group to set up, and remain after the group to tidy up before leaving- Check your assigned Sunnybrook email address 2 to 3 times a week- Shared role of managing the group location's email address- Email or phone new families who have requested group support in your community- Send monthly reminder emails to all group members a few days prior to the group meeting- Send follow up emails to new families after they have attended their first group- Input group info into volunteer portalOne-on-one Peer Support Facilitator Responsibilities:- Weekly 45 minute phone calls- Check your assigned Sunnybrook email address 2 to 3 times a week- Email new families who have requested one-on-one support and arrange a series of weekly calls - Input group info into volunteer portalOnline Peer Support Responsibilities- Likely will vary (typically, weekly, bi-weekly 1-2 hour online chat facilitation)- Check your assigned Sunnybrook email address 2 to 3 times a week- Email new families who have requested online support- Input group info into volunteer portalPLEASE APPLY by 'clicking' the yellow box 'Apply Now!, below, which will provide Volunteer MBC 'clients' with IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the PAIL's online volunteer application form. THANK YOU!


What other PAIL Network volunteers have shared about their experiences:+ "It allows me to give back. I like to think my daughter is making a difference in other people's lives, through me."+ "I was able to support grieving parents in their grief journey by giving them a safe space to talk about their babies and their feelings without being judged."+ "It transforms something tragic into something constructive. It strips me of any facade and exposes my vulnerabilities so that someone else feels less alone, less inadequate, less pain, and can begin the healing process. In supporting others, my son lives on."+ "It enables me to channel my disenfranchised grief into something that is powerful and impactful. Through peer support, I continue to honour my own losses, but of even greater importance is that I am of service to others while they, too, 'navigate the sadness'."


PREREQUISITES:We currently have volunteer opportunities for people who are approximately 2 years past their bereavement date and are looking for meaningful ways to offer their support to others. PAIL prefers that applicants for this role be committed to a long term volunteer engagement (to promote/sustain connectivity and continuity) SKILLS/EXPERIENCE: ● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (easily conversational)● Friendly, engaging, confidently able to provide support to the bereaved (by careful listening combined with an openly empathetic attitude)● Experience leading/facilitating discussion groups welcome● Proficient basic computer skills (you will be trained for specific applications that are needed for this program)● Self-motivated, able to volunteer with minimal supervision, while actively being part of PAIL's team● Respect for, and strict adherence to, PAIL's policies/procedures, especially confidentiality*** A 'Police Vulnerable Sector Check' is REQUIRED (see 'Training Details', above)

Min Age: 18   
Police Check: Required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required

Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment
Shifts are available Anytime

DATES AND TIMES:Time commitments VARY, depending on the nature of contact in the Peer Support role: Group Support: Facilitate 1.5-2 hour MONTHLY support groupsPhone Support: WEEKLY 45 minute phone callsOnline: Varies - weekly, bi-weekly and monthly online chats


Training is provided at no cost and includes:
a. Online, independent training
b. Video Conferencing orientation
c. Ongoing training and education opportunitiesOther/General Notes - Peer Support volunteers are encouraged to participate in online team meetings and supervision calls as required. There are monthly opportunities for communication with fellow peer support facilitators and PAIL Network support staff by way of networking calls and online meetingsCOST: PAIL Network is not able to cover the fees for 'Vulnerable Sector Police Check' or required 2 step TB test (only required for volunteers who offer in person group support). However, we do not want personal financial situations to be a barrier to an interested volunteer so we are able to help on a case by case basisPOLICE CHECK: RequiredADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers offering in-person bereavement group support are required to complete a 2 step TB test.

More Details
Areas of Interest: Counselling & Mental Health, Healthcare, Parent & Child Support, Support Group Facilitation & Therapy
Accessibility: Fully Accessible Workplace
Ideal for: Individuals, Newcomers, Older Adults

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