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Volunteer Queer Men of Colour (QMOC) Peer Support Group Co-facilitator
Department: Health Promotion Case Management Program
Supervisor: Other men who have sex with men (OMSM) Health Promotion Case Manager
2 hours per week for a period of 6 month - additional hours can be negotiated. This position requires a volunteer as soon as possible with the tentative date scheduled of every Wednesday afternoon beginning March 2015.
The Volunteer QPOC Peer Group Co-facilitator provides support to the group facilitator on planning, collecting data, developing weekly group discussion themes, facilitating activities and discussion.
- Maintaining accurate data on QMOC social support group interactions, services available and resources in the community;
- Actively co-facilitating an outreach social group that will be designed to foster a supportive environment for QMOC to make connections, build community and discuss issues specific to their sexuality.
- Supporting all participants’ thorough psychological and behavioural techniques to ensure they are being comfortable with their sexuality.
- Promoting participant’s well-being and personal development.
- Engaging the participants in discussions about social issues that are related to everyday interactions.
- Monitoring and mediating group dynamics while creating a safe and inclusive space for participants to share their experiences
- Assist on the development of a community using group dynamic techniques aimed at improving the health and wellness within the QMOC community.
- Creating healthy boundaries while focusing on identity affirming care.
- Staying updated and informed on current issues, resources and referrals by doing research & a newspaper scanning service.
- Other duties as needed
- Social Services, humanities or psychology related field such as counselling; social work
- Students willing to apply their knowledge in the field of group facilitation
- Other related experience
Skills & Attributes
- Must identify as queer man of colour;
- Empathetic and non-judgmental attitude;
- Strong active listening skills;
- Outgoing and comfortable in conversation;
- Comfortable with explicit language and meeting people where they are at;
- Excellent organizational and communication skills (including writing);
- Comfortable with group dynamics settings and ability to multitask;
- Ability to work within a team environment but also independently (& with initiative);
- Fluent in English and an additional language(s)
- Sensitive and responsive to HIV/AIDS and diverse sexual issues;
- Confidence and comfort with own identity
- To participate as a volunteers, a criminal record check is required.
Training & Support
- AIDS Vancouver Agency Orientation & Education;
- Specialized program/project training;
- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training;
- Crisis intervention training
- Suicide intervention training
- HIV education training
- On-the-job orientation and support from seasoned volunteers;
- Ongoing support and supervision from assigned Supervisor;
- Evaluations, feedback, exit interviews and letters of reference are available upon a volunteer's request with a mandatory 8 month volunteer services;
- In service workshops and trainings as they occur within the agency;
- To be a part of a larger team that is working towards social change;
- To learn new and transferable skills, knowledge and experience;
- To engage in opportunities for leadership, community service and personal/professional development;
- Creating connections within the social-services community;
- Hours towards volunteer’s school programs.