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The Women's Centre of Halton is looking for peer support volunteers.
We need volunteers in our Milton location for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Shifts are 10 am-12:30 or 12:30 to 3 pm.
If you would like to help other women through difficult times, we will provide the training and support so that you can truly make a difference!
Peer Supporter Volunteers provide clients with a safe, supportive environment in which they can explore their options and receive the information and support they need to make positive changes in their lives.
The Milton location is at 410 Bronte St S Unit #203, Milton
Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the community by supporting those experiencing grief and loss? Lighthouse, a dedicated Grief Training and Resource Centre, is seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our Programs & Services Board Committee. As a Committee Member, you will play a pivotal role in advising and informing the Lighthouse staff team on community needs related to grief resource development.
Community Needs Adviser:
- Identify gaps in grief services and geographic coverage.
- Provide insights into education and training needs within the community.
- Review and act on the board self-assessment survey.
- Review service participant evaluations and support improvement plans.
- Review the Annual Services Report and address service capacity concerns.
Service Delivery and Educational Initiatives:
- Offer guidance and expertise to enhance Lighthouse service delivery.
- Contribute to the development of educational initiatives.
- Strengthen Lighthouse as a Grief Training and Resource Centre.
- Enhance Lighthouse service delivery standards and best practices.
- Advocate for bereavement care within the recognized health care service continuum.
Community Outreach and Advocacy:
- Engage with professional networks to advocate for Lighthouse.
- Actively participate in community outreach to diverse communities and individuals.
- Engage in community outreach, focusing on healthcare, social services, and education.
- Outreach to area school boards, in collaboration with the DEI committee.
- Disseminate pertinent research and compile data for advocacy and funding requests.
- Collaborate with the Director of Services, Executive Director, and other community members.
- Contribute diverse perspectives from relevant professional sectors.
- Experience in healthcare, grief and bereavement support, community services, or education.
- Passion for advocating and promoting grief support services.
- Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
- Ability to think strategically and contribute to the achievement of organizational goals.
-Lived grief experience is an asset.
-Diverse cultural lens would be considered an asset.
- Minimum of 2 year, maximum of 6 year commitment.
- Monthly online committee meetings, the 2nd Wednesday of every month (September to June) 3:30-4:30pm, with the occasional in-person meeting to replace a virtual meeting as arranged by the committee Chair in conversation with the committee.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement:
At Lighthouse we believe that no child should grieve alone. To achieve this, we apply a culturally humble approach within all levels of our organization. Understanding that grief affects everyone differently, we listen and learn from our community members, allowing us to provide more equitable access to grief support. Focusing on inclusivity, we honour the rich diversity of our communities through continuous employee development and program provision.
The Lighthouse is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment and volunteer practices in compliance with the Accessibilities for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.
If you are committed to making a difference in the lives of those coping with grief and loss, we invite you to join our dedicated team. Together, let's create a supportive community where individuals find solace and healing. To apply, please submit your resume and a brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Thank you for considering this important volunteer opportunity with Lighthouse.
● Maintain regular communication with consumer(s): at minimum once a week via email or phone, one in-person
social event per month
● Establish a trusting and supportive relationship with client(s)
● Record and report volunteer hours on the volunteer time log on a monthly basis - include time spent calling, emailing, and visiting client
● Communicate any changes, issues, or inconsistent communication patterns to staff liaison in an effective and timely manner
Bereavement Peer Support Volunteers Needed!
Apply to volunteer today to start your FREE ONLINE Bereavement Peer Support Training!
About the Bereavement Peer Support Program:
In this program, you will play a crucial role in helping to normalize the grieving process for individuals struggling to cope with the death of a loved one. As a Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer, you will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to share their stories and express their feelings. Your role will involve offering comfort, support, and assistance in finding meaning and healing. Additionally, you may provide information and strategies to help clients learn to live with their loss.
In our Bereavement Peer Support Program, we recognize the unique strength that comes from shared experiences. Therefore, we are specifically seeking volunteers who have personally encountered a significant loss in their lives. This program operates on the principle of peer support, emphasizing that our clients often benefit immensely from sharing their challenges with someone who has navigated a similar journey of loss and grief.
The Strength of Peer Support:
Being a peer support program, we understand the profound impact that a volunteer with personal experience can have on someone struggling with grief. Your own journey through loss enables you to connect with clients on a deeper level, fostering a sense of understanding, empathy, and shared resilience. Clients often find solace in knowing that they are not alone in their grief, and your presence as a peer support volunteer can provide a source of strength and inspiration.
Your Personal Journey as a Source of Comfort:
As a Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer, your lived experience becomes a valuable asset in providing comfort and reassurance to those in need. Your ability to relate to the complex emotions of grief can offer a unique form of support, helping clients feel understood and validated in their own struggles. Through the sharing of your personal journey, you contribute to the creation of a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can openly express their feelings and find solace in the knowledge that they are not alone.
Matching Volunteers and Clients:
To further enhance the effectiveness of our support, we make efforts to pair newly trained volunteers with clients who have experienced a similar type of loss, where applicable. This matching process is designed to create a more profound connection between volunteers and clients, as it allows for a shared understanding of the specific challenges and emotions associated with a particular loss. By aligning personal experiences, we aim to create a supportive and empathetic environment that promotes healing and growth.
A Shared Path Towards Healing:
In joining this program, you become an integral part of a community that understands the transformative power of shared experiences. Your willingness to give back by helping others navigate their grief is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Together, as a community of volunteers who have walked similar paths of loss, we aim to provide comfort, support, and the hope of healing to those who seek it.
Our upcoming Bereavement Peer Support Training is scheduled for winter 2025. Training details are as follows:
Time: 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Delivery mode: ONLINE via Zoom link
Course duration: 10 weeks
Ongoing: Following training, volunteers are typically asked to commit 1 hour per week, matched with a client for approximately 3 months.
24 Hour Crisis Line Volunteer with a commitment of at least 6 hours per month (minimum of 1 - 4 hour shift per week).
- Support survivors of sexual assault and violence (and their support people) on the SAVIS 24 hour crisis line using an anti-
racist/anti-oppression feminist framework
- Complete SAVIS crisis line training and evaluation
- Agree to work a minimum of 16 hours per month on the crisis line
- Must attend monthly volunteer meetings - 2 hours in length maximum - in addition to crisis line shift
- Schedule shifts with Crisis Line Coordinator
- Submit call logs after each shift
- As time allows, visit with non-palliative patients.
- Offer activities such as: reading, playing games, walks outside, listening to music, writing
cards/letters, make a cup of tea or coffee.