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Position: 2923 - Volunteer Peer Support Worker - REMOTE/VIRTUAL > Please apply NOW!
Organization: Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton-Peel
Position Address: 'VIRTUAL', from the volunteer's residence
Location: Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Virtual

Goal

Our goal is to get grieving individuals on the road to healthy grieving, give permission to grieve, and give them a safe space to share their thoughts, feelings, and emotions in a one-to-one setting. Please 'click' on Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton-Peel, above, to access a brief description of our organization, its vision, mission, and goals.

We are the bereaved helping the bereaved. We have undergone a similar journey of learning to cope and live with our grief. We provide experiential knowledge, educational information, and support that was and is gained through our lived experience of being similarly bereaved through our support sessions.

If you're interested in making a difference in the lives of others and want to see meaningful change, then this is the perfect opportunity for you!


Description

Volunteer Peer Support Workers facilitate individual peer-support sessions (up to 50 minutes in length) for individuals who have experienced a loss through the death of a loved one. They lead peer-to-peer support delivery with compassion and understanding in a non-judgmental environment.

PLEASE NOTE: Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton-Peel will be running its Peer Support programs virtually until at least the end of 2021.

In this 'role', you will:

  • Ensure program delivery is consistently met
  • Establish and maintain physical, emotional, and social/cultural safety
  • Promote, initiate and guide interactions that are characterized by equality and non-judgment
  • Role model in the expression of authentic emotion and respectful, empathetic interactions
  • Observe expressions and reactions
  • Provide socio-emotional support and connect individuals with additional resources
  • Identify, intervene and help to resolve conflict
  • Explore opportunities for growth and change

Please apply for this opportunity by clicking on the yellow box 'Apply Now!' (above/below), which will provide you with direct access to further details and direction as to how to pursue your application. LAST DATE for receiving APPLICATIONS: Monday, July 26, 2021.

Those interested in the 'role' of Volunteer Peer Support Worker, who have volunteer 'profiles' in Volunteer MBC's Referral System, are requested to 'upload' a resume into your 'profile'. The 'fillable' APPLICATION FORM (in PDF) and your resume MUST be sent to: [email protected]. Please save your application file name as follows: First Name, Last Name, Volunteer Application, 20XX (e.g. John Smith Volunteer Application 2021).

We greatly appreciate your time and commitment as a volunteer and hope to schedule volunteer hours and tasks that benefit your work/life balance and personal goals/needs. Contact [email protected] with any questions or further inquiries.

Thank you.


Benefits

Excellent opportunity to refine your training/skills/experience in 'peer-support' (add to your resume) Build your personal/professional 'network' and capacities as the result of volunteering with Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton-Peel + Monthly volunteer check-ins via Zoom Bi-monthly e-gift card draws Volunteer awards and recognition on social media platforms Monthly eNewsletters Volunteers Only Facebook Group Access to all organization events for free Personal satisfaction that your contribution in a leadership volunteering capacity will be both helpful and a comfort to members of your community who are very much in need at a difficult time in their lives


Qualifications

  • Having experienced a loss and being able to share that lived experience in a positive manner with others is preferred
  • You're able to demonstrate the following traits: compassion, empathy, social inclusion, active listening, integrity, non-judgment, adaptability, self-disclosure, and self-management
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing (fluency in other languages is a welcome asset)
  • Commitment overall to at least 6 MONTHS in this 'role'
  • You are available WEEKLY for at least 1 FULL DAY or 2 HALF-DAYS > see TIME COMMITMENT, below (please do not apply if you cannot commit to this requirement)
  • Reliable access to the Internet and to devices/software suitable for this 'role'
  • You must commit to an online and in-class/virtual facilitator TRAINING (in-class/virtual typically held on a Saturday, see TRAINING, below) 
  • An up-to-date (within the past 12 months of applying) 'Police Vulnerable Sector Check' will be required prior to facilitating one’s first individual support session

SCREENING for this 'role' during COVID-19 will be 'virtual' (Tel/Email/Online interviewing). As a precaution, please monitor your 'Junk/Spam' email folders and leave space on your voicemail for communication from Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton-Peel. Thank you.

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


Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment starting 2021-06-30 AND ending 2022-06-30
Shifts are available on the following days
 - Monday Morning, Monday Afternoon, Tuesday Morning, Tuesday Afternoon, Wednesday Morning, Wednesday Afternoon, Thursday Morning, Thursday Afternoon, Friday Morning, Friday Afternoon

REQUIRED: Volunteers must be available for ONE (1) FULL-DAY WEEKDAY from 9:00am to 5:00pm, OR TWO (2) HALF-DAYS, also on weekdays (eg. 9:00am-1:00pm on a Monday, and 1:00pm-5:00pm on a Wednesday)

>>> Please ensure that your availability is noted on your application (see DESCRIPTION, above).



Training

IMPORTANT > NEXT TRAINING DATE: Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (via Zoom)

We run our TRAINING QUARTERLY, and our INTRODUCTORY TRAINING is MANDATORY for all Volunteer Peer Support Workers, who are required to complete: up to 7.5 hours of online, independent learning specific to grief and bereavement + 7.5 hours of in-class or 'virtual' learning + 1-2 peer support group or individual support shadow sessions.

 


More Details
Areas of Interest: Counselling & Mental Health, Senior Support, Support Group Facilitation & Therapy, Multilingual, Newcomer Support
Accessibility: Unknown
Ideal for: Individuals, Older Adults
Apply before: 2021-07-26



How to Contact
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Social Media
http://www.bereavedfamilies.ca
https://www.facebook.com/centreforgriefandhealing
https://twitter.com/cfgh_bfohp?lang=en
https://www.linkedin.com/in/centreforgriefandhealing/
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