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Orange County Chapter Support Group Co-Facilitator


Summary:

Support Group Co-Facilitator

We are preparing for a gradual return to in-person programs and are in need of support group facilitators across Orange County. We have specific need for support group facilitators in Yorba Linda, San Clemente, and Irvine. We also have need for bilingual (Spanish) support group facilitators. 

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.

We provide 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. 

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:

Humberto Rojas Guerrero
Alzheimer's Association