Local Support Group Facilitator

  • VO86523
  • Suitable for groups


Description

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved parents who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause. Many people who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others in the same situation and wish to extend the hand of friendship. We offer support, both directly to bereaved families, and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.

A support group facilitator runs (often with one or more other facilitators) a monthly support group meeting for bereaved parents. Support group facilitators create a caring, safe and supportive atmosphere that encourages group members to share their grief and experiences. A support group facilitator will do more listening than talking and will be resilient and comfortable listening to the experiences and feelings of others.

We offer all support group facilitators an Information and Training Day which equips you with the information and skills to run group meetings, as well as guidance in applying one’s own experience to support others. The facilitator also has the support of our regional coordinators and TCF office staff. The group facilitator role is a very rewarding one, and epitomises the best of peer support. In supporting others, we also support ourselves.

We are looking for bereaved parents who are at least 3 years on from their own bereavement and who are feeling more ‘resilient’ around their loss.

As a local group facilitator, you will be using your own experience and ways of coping to support other bereaved parents. Some of the qualities that make a good support group facilitator are:

good listening and communication skills;
high level of empathy;
non-judgemental approach;
confident and able to hold your own in group situations;
respectful of others’ beliefs and opinions;
consistent and dependable;
resilient around your own loss;
able to maintain confidentiality at all times
at least three years past your own bereavement
have or would be willing to join TCF as a donating member
have been supported by TCF in some way, either via the Helpline or a local or group support contact, have attended a supportive weekend or participated in the online Forum or Facebook groups

Organisation aims and objectives

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause. Many people who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others in the same situation and wish to extend the hand of friendship. We offer support, both directly to bereaved families, and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.

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Frequency and commitment details

This role requires a commitment of one evening a month to run the group and time in the months to keep up to date on any admin for the group. No more than 5 hours a month.

Restrictions

We offer support to any bereaved parent.
Experience required: Some of the qualities that make a good support group facilitator are: good listening and communication skills; high level of empathy; non-judgemental approach; confident and able to hold your own in group situations; respectful of others’ beliefs and opinions; consistent and dependable; resilient around your own loss; able to maintain confidentiality at all times.
Travel details: No need to travel out of local area unless wishes to set up a group in another area.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Should any expenses be incurred by the volunteer (as per expenses policy) then these will be reimbursed by TCF.
Training details: All volunteers are required to attend a Group Facilitation Information and Training Day or other training, where relevant, read the Volunteer Handbook, and make every effort to attend any on-going Information and Development Days, online refresher training and support.

Last updated 3 months ago

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