Support Group Facilitator

Organization Details
Organization Name: U-Turn Parkinson's
Address: 525 Beresford Ave.
Winnipeg MB  R3L 1J4
Organizational Description: U-Turn Parkinson's seeks to empower those living with Parkinson's in their pursuit of wellness. We are committed to supporting them through a holistic approach, and see wellness as an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward a more successful existence.

We aim to inspire, inform and provide the tools needed to improve one's quality of life. We do this by offering various classes that include boxing, yoga, aerobics, singing, support groups, educational sessions and special events. We are always looking for new ways to continually fight back against this disease.

We see wellness having 6 focuses: intellectual, occupational, spiritual, physical, social and emotional. At U-Turn Parkinson's we aim to provide the tools for the person living with Parkinson's to pursue wellness in each of these categories.

U-Turn Parkinson's is a Canadian charity (Registration #775822927) committed to helping individuals live their best in spite of Parkinson's. We rely solely on the donations from individuals, foundations and corporations to fund our mission.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 5235
Description of Duties:

The Support Group Facilitator contributes to the mission of empowering individuals impacted by Parkinson's to live their best with the disease. At U-Turn Parkinson's we understand that both individuals living with the disease and their Care Partners need support. Our support groups provide a supportive community where individuals can freely share their experiences, ask questions, explore resources, and gain insights from others who face similar challenges. The Support Group facilitator will lead discussions, offer resources and maintain a safe environment for all to share and benefit.

Tasks and Responsibilities

• Facilitate support group for people living with Parkinson's or their Care Partners.

• Prepare resources and discussion topics.

• Take attendance.

• Provide a safe space for expression and sharing of experience.

• Demonstrate appropriate communication and facilitation skills.

• Promote a consensus-building approach where every member has a say in the structure of the group.

• Maintain confidentiality and respect the individual needs of the client members.

Skills Required:

• Ability to be empathetic and separate personal needs from group needs.

• Strong listening skills and effective communication skills.

• Ability to redirect and facilitate discussion as well as fulfill the duties and responsibilities.

• Ability to create and maintain a safe environment where participants' thoughts and feelings are valued and group members are treated with fairness, equity and respect.

• Experience with Parkinson's as a family member or health care professional considered an asset.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

• Hands on facilitation experience within the non-profit space

• Expand your professional and personal network.

• Certificate of Recognition for volunteer hours completed.

• Free tickets to events at the Canada Life Centre & Burton Cummings Theatre as they're offered to us.

Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:
Remote Volunteering

Our Parkinson's Support Group is biweekly on Thursdays over Zoom from 11am-12pm and our Care Partner Support Group is biweekly on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Uses a mobility device
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Certificate of recognition
How to Apply: Email:
Closing Date: Apr 30, 2024
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