Support Group Facilitator

(Lighthouse for Grieving Children and Families, Bereavement Support Services)

Position ID: V-HVC0515 Last Full Update: 14 Mar 2022
Opportunity Details
ContactCara McGowan, Office Manager, The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children; Phone: 905-337-2333; Email:
DutiesFacilitation of open-ended peer support groups, in-person and online, for bereaved children, youth and their adult parents/caregivers
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BenefitsSocial sector volunteer work experience in-person or online with children, youth and adults, facilitation skills development and grief support training, supporting multicultural communities, continued learning opportunities, volunteer appreciation events
ClientsChildren (3-12 years old), youth (13-19 years old), who are grieving the death of a parent or sibling. Adult parents/caregivers of participating children & youth who are grieving the death of a spouse/partner or child.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit HoursNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+)
Areas of InterestChild & Family Services ; Counselling ; Distress / Crisis / Bereavement Support ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Support Group Facilitation ; Volunteer from Home / Virtual
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Creativity ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Team Work ; Working with Children ; Other applicable skills/experiences: Peer support group facilitation, cultural humility, anti-racism, anti-oppression, lived experience with death of a parent, child, spouse/partner
Commitment LengthLong Term ; We ask our volunteers to commit to at least 1 year in 1 support group.
Interaction LevelSmall Group ; Large Group ; Virtual Volunteering ; Our support groups have between 6 and 15 children, youth and adult parent participants
Minimum Hours6 / Month
Dates and TimesAs convenient to volunteer and staff
SeasonsSpring ; Fall ; Winter ; Support groups run 3 hours bi-weekly from September to June. Day of week is dependent on volunteer's availability and programming needs
AccessibilityFully Accessible ; Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Easy access to elevator ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall ; Dedicated accessible washroom with all features ; Easy access to elevator, barrier free-washrooms including door and stall, dedicated accessible washroom with all features
Number of PositionsOakville 
24 individual(s) needed in total. 
To facilitate peer support groups a one-year commitment is required. In-person groups are held at our centre in Oakville. Virtual group facilitator opportunities are also available
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; All volunteers must complete the 3-4 day training program provided at our centre. Training sessions run usually 3 times per year over weekends in: September, and late winter. Ongoing training opportunities and support is provided
TransportationNear public transit ; Car required ; Volunteers must provide their own transportation. Our location is on a bus route.
CostThere is no cost to volunteers
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsVulnerable Sector Screening
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Organization NameLighthouse for Grieving Children and Families, Bereavement Support Services
Office Phone905-337-2333
Address & Map
2522 Rebecca St
Oakville, ON L6L 6N8
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