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Orange County Chapter Support Group Co-Facilitator


Summary:

Support Group Co-Facilitator

Currently all groups are being delivered VIRTUALLY via Zoom. All candidates for in-person support group positions must affirm they are vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Support Group Facilitators create a safe, open environment where people share their feelings, thoughts and experiences to better cope with the shared problems of dementia.

The Alzheimer's Association provides training, a staff partner, and electronic or printed materials to assist you in your efforts. Orientation includes several hours of online learning, self-study, and shadowing. Must be 21 to apply. Background check is required. 

CURRENT OPEN CO-FACILITATOR POSITIONS/NEED

For groups potentially beginning in-person this Fall:
  • 2nd Wednesday each month 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in San Clemente
  • 1st Tuesday each month 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in Los Alamitos
  • 3rd Tuesday each month 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. in Irvine

Key Activities:

  • Facilitate groups of caregivers to provide social, educational, and emotional support to one another.
  • Present pertinent Association materials and information to group members and assure a positive experience for attendees. 
  • Connect people with additional Association services and volunteer opportunities by proactively making referrals to Association programs & free 24/7 Helpline.

Qualifications:

  • Strong listening and communication skills with demonstrated ability to be empathetic and separate personal needs from group needs.
  • Ability to redirect and facilitate discussion as well as fulfill the duties and responsibilities as described in onboarding.
  • Ability to create a safe environment where participants’ thoughts and feelings are valued and group members are treated with fairness, equity and respect.
  • Passionate about the Alzheimer's Association mission with personal or professional experience with dementia preferred.

Commitment Expected:

  • Support Group Facilitators commit to a 1-year term delivering a monthly group (some groups meet twice monthly). 
  • All volunteers participate in initial training, ongoing education, and must comply with volunteer policies and procedures. 
  • Terms are renewable upon successful completion of annual goal-setting conversation with your staff partner.

Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Perfect your active listening and group management technique while serving your community.
  • Increase your knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Be recognized in your community as a leader and resource for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Join a network of other volunteers, staff and community leaders to help create a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

Contact:

Larissa Haiker