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

Commitment:

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.

Objective

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.

Duties

  • 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

Educational Background

  • 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;
  • Mentorship;
  • Creating connections within the social-services community;
  • Hours towards volunteer’s school programs.

Would you like to apply to this position?

Please fill out the introduction form below. You will be redirected to a follow-up application for more detailed information.