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Carers Groups Co-facilitator – Online Parent Carers Group

Role Description: You will support the Wellbeing Worker at an online Parent Carers group where carers can meet with their peers and are enabled to share their experiences, meet with other carers and learn more about our services. Your role will be to co-facilitate, host and provide tech support at the online meetings alongside the Wellbeing Worker. The Co-Facilitator would also be responsible for alerting the Wellbeing Worker to any Safeguarding related concerns or disclosures.


What difference will you make?

You will be helping us to change the lives of carers by making sure they are heard and supported when they most need it and are looking for help. You will be making a difference by helping to facilitate the carer support group alongside the Carer Wellbeing Working ensuring that carers feel supported, listened to and heard.


Location: online from your home

Timings and commitment: every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10.30-12.30 and some times to attend meetings and 1-1s with your volunteer mentor. A commitment of 12 months.


Skills and attributes required:

  • good IT skills and able to use online systems including zoom
  • Active listening, and excellent & effective communication
  • Confident to engage with others within an online group setting
  • An insight into issues carers face on a daily basis
  • An understanding of the parent carer experience would be beneficial
  • An empathetic caring approach when engaging with others
  • To be non-judgemental and be able to maintain personal boundaries
  • Encourage and promote carer health and wellbeing


Training and Support:

There is the following mandatory training required:

  • CSWS Induction Training
  • Basic Adult Safeguarding
  • LGBTQ+ Carer Awareness
  • Co-facilitator specific training
  • GDPR (online)


Equipment needed?

The role is home based and you will need:

  • Access to a computer or laptop
  • Wifi access within your home


Support

A designated mentor will support you in your role and and provide you with 1-1 reviews on the role. You will be part of the Carers Support West Sussex wider volunteering team (currently around 90 volunteers) and will be invited to social meetings and events throughout the year. We ask you to engage twice a year in a Volunteering Engagement Survey for us to get feedback from you as well as access to staff forum. Ongoing opportunities are available for learning and development both internal and external and access to the Employee Assistance Programme.


Other information

  • Out of pocket expenses are paid that includes travel and parking
  • This role is available to anyone over the age of 18yrs
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme to support wellbeing
  • We will require 2 References and a basic DBS check


Our Culture and Diversity

At Carers Support, we are building an inclusive workplace where everyone can do their best and be proud to belong. The carers we support come from such different walks of life that we are particularly interested in attracting volunteers from similarly diverse backgrounds, including Asian, Arab, Black, Mixed/Multiple Ethnic Groups, White Other (e.g. Eastern European, Gypsy, Roma) and any other Ethnic minorities.


We believe that talent is distributed to all of us in equal measure and our differences are a strength not a weakness. Everyone’s unique history has value and our doors are open to people at every meeting of race, religion or belief, different physical ability, age, nationality or citizenship, ethnic origin, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sex, sexual orientation, family structure, and gender identity.


Our Vison and Values

Our vision is to bring the day forward when family and friend carers are seen, heard, and included.

We are focused, putting carers at the heart of everything we do.

We act together, working with and for carers, the communities they live in and the people that can make a difference to them.

We are leaders, working with each other to find potential and opportunities across all communities, enabling carers to be identified and involved.


We are committed to behaviours that support: Quality, Inclusivity, Caring, Integrity, Loyalty and Innovation.

Further information about our Volunteer Programme can be found on our website here.