📄 Currently Recruiting - Grief & Loss Group Facilitator (Queensland)
This volunteer opportunity will help to support people as they grieve by facilitating grief and loss groups.
In our Grief and Bereavement Groups, we serve members of the community who are grieving due to the loss of a significant person in their lives. In our Grief, Loss and Dementia Program we serve members of the community who are experiencing grief and loss as they support a loved one who is living with dementia. Our ideal volunteer would be someone who has an ability to empathise with people, is respectful, has good reflective listening skills, a good understanding of role boundaries, is trustworthy, has an approachable disposition and is willing to be self-reflective. Having some understanding of group dynamics is also an important attribute however volunteers are provided with training prior to commencing in the role of a Group Facilitator.
Location: Various locations across the state of QLD
Volunteering as a Grief and Loss Group Facilitator is challenging but very rewarding. It is a really wonderful feeling to know that the work you have done to support someone as they grieve has made a real difference to them. We work in a diverse range of locations spread across the state. Our groups are held in BlueCare halls, and community or church halls as well as other places from time to time. The workload varies according to the team and location but people could expect to be involved in facilitating 2-3 groups a year depending on their availability and local community needs. The Group Facilitators are involved in letting people know that a group is going to be held, advertising, taking participant registrations and various other administrative tasks prior to, during and after each group concludes. Group Facilitators also have the opportunity to participate in an hour long, online practice community meeting with other Group Facilitators once per month. The team is made up of a diverse, empathic and inclusive group of people seeking to provide support to other people as they grieve
Tasks involved include:
▪️ Group facilitation
▪️ Local advertising
▪️ Managing participant registrations
▪️ Venue booking and set-up
▪️ Planning and debriefing
This is a great opportunity to:
▪ Build, maintain or contribute specialised skill sets
▪ Do something new and different
▪ Experience the joy of making a meaningful difference
Grief and Bereavement Groups run for two hours over an eight week period. Grief, Loss and Dementia Groups run for 2.5 hours a week for 5 weeks. In between groups being held, there are some opportunities to network and promote the groups to relevant stakeholders and participants. The number of groups run per year varies according to the availability of volunteers and the requirements of the local community.
Weekdays (Morning, Afternoon, Evening)
Time Commitment: Get started from as little as 3-4 hours monthly
Skills & Exerience:
▪️ A passion to support people by walking alongside them
▪️ Approachable disposition
▪️ Ability to empathise with others
▪️ Good reflective listening skills
▪️ Willingness to be self-reflective
▪️ Good understanding of role boundaries and confidentiality
▪️ Reference Checks
▪ NDIS Workers Screening check
▪ National Police check
This role is accessible for people using:
▪ a wheelchair or mobility device
▪ accessible toilets
▪ an assistance animal
UnitingCare values diversity in our organisation and we have some principles in place that will help to promote both inclusion and access. If you have any other accessibility requirements, please discuss these at the time of the interview.
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