Volunteer Peer Support Facilitator

(Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network)

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Position ID: V-CWD0392 Last Modified: 07 Jun 2021 Last Full Update: 07 Jun 2021
Opportunity Details
ContactAmy Muhr, Volunteer Resource and Support Coordinator, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network; Phone: 1-888-303-7245 * 416-617-2983; Email: pailnetwork@sunnybrook.ca
DutiesPregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network provides bereavement support at no cost to families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy at any stage, or the death of their baby, up to 12 months of age. We currently have volunteer opportunities for people in Eastern Ontario who are approximately two years past their bereavement date and are looking for meaningful ways to offer their support to others. We are actively training peer supporters for private online bereavement support groups and one-to-one phone support.
More Info Linkhttps://pailnetwork.sunnybrook.ca/volunteers/volunteer-application-form/
BenefitsWhat other PAIL Network volunteers have shared about their experience 
* “it allows me to give back. I like to think my daughter is making a difference in other people's lives, through me” 
* “I was able to support grieving parents in their grief journey by giving them a safe space to talk about their babies and their feelings without being judged” 
* “It transforms something tragic into something constructive. It strips me of any facade and exposes my vulnerabilities so that someone else feels less alone, less inadequate, less pain, and can begin the healing process. In supporting others, my son lives on” 
* “It enables me to channel my disenfranchised grief into something that is powerful and impactful. Through peer support I continue to honour my own losses, but of even greater importance is that I am of service to others while they too 'navigate the sadness'.”
ClientsBereaved families who have experienced the loss of their pregnancy at any stage or death of their baby up to 12 months of age. We know that there is no time limit on grief. For this reason, families can access our services at any time for as long as they need.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with a physical disability ; Men ; Women ; Couples ; Individuals
Areas of InterestDistress / Crisis / Bereavement Support
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Counseling & Support ; Leadership ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; Confidentiality
Commitment Lengthminimum of 6 months * for Peer Support Facilitators PAIL Network asks for a 2 year commitment
Interaction LevelOne-on-one - phone support ; Small Group - online bereavement support ; Virtual Volunteering - online bereavement support
Minimum Hours2 / Month
Dates and TimesVarying times depending on Peer Support Role.  
Group Support: Facilitate 1.5-2 hour monthly support groups 
Phone Support: 4, 45 minute phone calls with one person scheduled 1-2 weeks part 
Online: Loss specific groups offered twice monthly
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible
LocationLocations throughout Ontario
Number of PositionsBruce County: 2 individual(s) ; Grey County: 2 individual(s) ; Muskoka District: 2 individual(s) ; Northumberland County: 2 individual(s) ; Parry Sound District: 2 individual(s) ; Peterborough (County of): 2 individual(s) ; Simcoe County: 2 individual(s)
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; Training is provided at no cost and includes: online, independent training and video conferencing orientation
TransportationAll groups are offered online
CostPAIL Network is not able to cover the fees for Vulnerable Sector Police Check. However, we do not want personal financial situations to be a barrier to an interested volunteer so we are able to help on a case by case basis
Police CheckRequired
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Organization NamePregnancy and Infant Loss Network