Support Group Leaders Needed.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter is in need of both volunteer caregivers and professionals to assist in facilitating our monthly support groups. We currently have several facilitators retiring from their support groups and need new facilitators to continue to offer these groups. If you are interested in facilitating a support group and have experience working with caregivers of persons with dementia, please contact Colleen Monjot at 614-457-6003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A detailed description of this opportunity is below.
VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION
Position: SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR
Reports to: Program Coordinator
Purpose: To facilitate the exchange of support and information to a group of caregivers on a regular basis.
- Attend all support group meetings.
- Share responsibilities with a co-facilitator if one is available.
- Involve participation of all members in the planning and implementation of the monthly meetings.
- Coordinate ongoing arrangements for meeting site.
- Notify group members of meeting schedule.
- Coordinate monthly publicity for support group to the community at large.
- Provide current information on chapter programs, services, and upcoming events at each meeting and encourage participation.
- Obtain speakers on issues of interest to support group participants when applicable.
- Arrange for refreshments if desired; set-up and clean up of meeting space.
- Guide participation of members, emphasizing group interaction and non-judgmental atmosphere for sharing with one another.
- Take attendance at all meetings and submit monthly report to the Program Coordinator in a timely manner.
- Maintain confidentiality about all information received about support group members and content of meetings.
- Attend all training sessions, to the best of your ability, offered by the Central Ohio Chapter, for the benefit of Support Group Leaders.
- Communicate any changes in group/facilitator information or concerns about group to Program Coordinator.
- Experience with and sufficient knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and its impact on families.
- Knowledge or willingness to learn appropriate techniques for facilitating support groups.
- Empathy for individuals and families struggling with the disease.
- Active listening skills.
- Comfort with the expression of emotion.
- Ability to work independently or with a co-facilitator.
- Have own transportation.