Our volunteers are an essential part of our organization. Whether leading support groups, organizing fundraising and memorial events, supporting grief literacy work or serving on one of committees, our volunteers make our work possible!
Peer Grief Support Facilitator
Facilitator training is a requirement for volunteers who apply to lead BFO-MR’s peer support grief groups. Training is provided over 2-3 days and combines both in-person and virtual aspects.
Day 1 and 2 are required for all facilitators, with day 3 being a requirement for any volunteer who wishes to facilitate a closed program (i.e. program for parents grieving the death of an infant or child). Day 3 covers the closed format and story sharing aspects of the group.
DAY ONE (Wednesday October 18 from 6-8 p.m. via Zoom) – ALL FACILITATORS
Introduction to staff, the organization, and the other trainees
Learn what peer support is
Review of guidelines and purpose of group
Creating safety and trust as a facilitator
The importance of setting boundaries
How to support yourself/how we support you
Equity work at BFO
DAY TWO (Saturday October 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in-person) – ALL FACILITATORS
Your role as a facilitator (and co-facilitator)
How to prepare for group
Setting up the physical space
How to be an active and empathetic listener
Working with emotions
Essential facilitator skills and interventions
Dealing with challenging behaviours and common difficulties in group
Review of the suicide risk protocol
Learn how to debrief and about the importance of self-care
Next steps – onboarding
Day 3 (Sunday October 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in person) Required for child/infant loss facilitators, optional for others:
The stages of group development
Story sharing (everyone shares their story)
Closing a group
If you are intersted in becoming a volunteer peer support facilitator, please fill out an application. We also accept letters of interest and/or a resume with accompanying cover letter emailed to email@example.com.
Fall Memorial Event Support
We are looking for volunteer support for our fall memorial event taking place Saturday September 23. Can you help with one of the following roles?
Set-up and takedown
Check-in table and butterfly kit, ornament pick-up
Kids craft table
Contact Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering for this new memorial event.