Support Group Facilitator

(Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children)

Position ID: V-HVC0515 Last Full Update: 03 Oct 2017
Opportunity Details
ContactCara McGowan, Office Manager, The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children; Phone: 905-337-2333; Email:
DutiesFacilitation of open-ended peer support groups for bereaved children, teens, adults.
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BenefitsHoning facilitation skills; continued learning opportunities about childhood grief; occassional training workshops; volunteer appreciation events
ClientsChildren (3-12 years old), teens (13-18 years old), and their adults who are grieving the death of a parent or sibling; and their primary caregivers
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+)
Areas of InterestCounselling ; Distress / Crisis / Bereavement Support ; Friend / Penpal ; Mentorship / Leadership
Skills/ExperienceCounseling & Support ; Working with Children ; A passion for working with children and youth. Group facilitation skills helpful. Knowledge of and empathy with childhood bereavement.
Commitment LengthLong Term ; We ask our volunteers to commit to at least 1 year in 1 support group.
Interaction LevelSmall Group ; Large Group ; Our support groups have a maximum of 12 children and 15 teens with a ratio of 1 facilitator for every 2-3 children.
Minimum Hours6 / Month
Dates and TimesMonday: Evening 
Tuesday: Evening 
Wednesday: Evening 
Thursday: Evening 
As convenient to volunteer and staff
SeasonsSupport groups run from September to June
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
Number of PositionsOakville 
24 individual(s) needed in total. 
To facilitate peer support groups a one-year commitment is required. Other volunteer tasks are always available such as admin, fundraising, outreach, IT support, marketing, arts and crafts
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Scheduled training ; 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, January, and May.
TransportationNear public transit ; Volunteers must provide their own transportation. Our location is on a bus route.
CostThere is no cost to volunteers
Police CheckRequired
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Organization NameLighthouse Program for Grieving Children
Office PhoneLeave message if after hours 905-337-2333
Address & Map
2522 Rebecca St
Oakville, ON L6L 6N8
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Mailing Addressc/o The Lighthouse For Grieving Children