Support Group Co-Facilitator
Currently all groups are delivered VIRTUALLY via Zoom. All candidates must be available to facilitate at physical locations when in-person gatherings resume. Candidates must be technologically savvy and comfortable hosting meetings via Zoom independently.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.