Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

Support Group Co-Facilitator

Application Deadline

June 12, 2020

Last updated on this site:

May 29, 2020


seniors, group facilitation

Volunteer Description

The Caregiver Support Group Facilitator is expected to support the DSORC mission that no one should face dementia alone, by providing a safe and welcoming environment for discussion and mutual support.

Contact Organization

Application Method

For more information about applying to become a volunteer, please visit their website.

Key Position Responsibilities

- Facilitate group discussion
- Inform the participants about the objectives and ground rules for the group
- Empower participants by discussing the important role they play for themselves and each other
- Support inclusion of participants through invitation and inclusion and by providing a safe and comfortable environment
- Initiate, clarify and summarize discussions as required
- Harmonize to reduce tension and encourage participants to explore differences
- Maintain confidentiality at all times regarding participant information and experiences
- Set up room and coordinate logistics
- Complete support group report including attendance and debrief with staff lead

Qualifications and Requirements

- Proficiency in English and/or French
- Experience as a caregiver to a person living with dementia required
- Understanding and knowledge of the lived experience of dementia required
- Excellent communication skills and experience in group facilitation
- Respect for diversity, cultural awareness, and sensitivity
- Effective listening skills, empathy, and adaptability
- Ability to work collaboratively with co-facilitator and supervisor and take initiative
- Comfort using online communications platforms such as Zoom, email, internet
- Reliability and professionalism
- Respect for the boundaries of the position and participant confidentiality
- Education in the social sciences is an asset