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Position:
3094 - Peer Mentor
Organization:
Position Address:
'Virtual' from the volunteer's home
Location:
Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Virtual

Goal

If you support someone in need and feel anxious and overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities, you’re not alone. The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 4 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. We support caregivers by being their one point of access to information, so they have what they need to be successful in their role, and we enlist volunteers to support caregivers in a variety of ways.Currently, OCO is recruiting capable, committed volunteers to participate in the Ontario Caregiver Organization’s 1:1 Peer Support Program as a Peer Mentor, delivering emotional support to other caregivers as they navigate their caregiving journey.


Description

Mentoring is a method of passing on lived experiences to support another caregiver in an empowering and meaningful way. Anyone who has been a caregiver will know that the caregiving role presents many challenges. These challenges will be different for every caregiver and from time to time support will be needed.

An OCO trained Peer Mentor volunteers to:

  • 'Just be there'/Listen
  • Provide encouragement, support and acceptance
  • Acknowledge a caregiver’s strengths
  • Share lived experience and give real life examples
  • Discuss a caregiver’s wellbeing
  • Celebrate any goals the caregiver achieves
  • Be someone for a caregiver to bounce ideas off of

A Peer Mentor has a wealth of experience and knowledge which can help another caregiver with the challenges of their caregiving situation. Caregivers share a common identity and can create a bond through sharing their experiences. By sharing your time, you can help improve the lives of Ontario caregivers.

We've an immediate need for Peer Mentors. Volunteers with 'profiles' within Volunteer MBC's Referral System should click the yellow box 'Apply Now!' (above) to gain immediate access to the OCO VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM. After submitting the form, please monitor your email (incl. 'Junk/Spam' folders) and leave space on your voicemail for communications from OCO.


Benefits

Utilize your personal caregiving experience to support other caregivers Be part of a meaningful volunteer experience Gain training and experience in peer support skills (add to your resume)


Qualifications

  • Minimum Age - 18
  • Length of volunteer engagement - MINIMUM 1 YEAR (see TIME COMMITMENT, below)
  • Caregiver who is currently providing, or has previously provided, physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbor
  • Passionate about and committed to ensuring all caregivers in Ontario feel supported and valued
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate maturity, comfort and understanding around the caregiver process, its challenges and issues
  • Ability to read people and situations (i.e. when to talk, when to listen, when to offer input, etc.)
  • Experience volunteering without supervision in situations that require critical thinking and flexibility in how and when to respond
  • Be comfortable volunteering with a wide variety of people
  • Have a positive, caring and non-judgmental approach to supporting others
  • Be emotionally able to provide support to others
  • Ability to constructively participate in discussions with people of different backgrounds and experiences
  • Police Check required (see below)

SCREENING of applicants will be virtual (Tel/Email/Online interviewing), unless otherwise advised. As part of the process, after an interview/Reference check, applicants whom OCO believes may be ideal candidates for the 'role' will be invited to be subject to the 'MyBackCheck' process, a procedure whereby you need not attend at the local police station for a 'Police Check'. OCO will use 'MyBackCheck' to obtain the information we need.

Min Age: 18   
Police Check: Required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required


Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment
Shifts are available Anytime

FLEXIBLE, subject to WEEKLY MEETINGS with your 'matched' caregiver: We recommend that Peer Mentors be available for 1-2 hours per week, and we do ask peer mentors to commit to participating in the program for a minimum of one year. During the initial phases of your match, we suggest that you connect with your caregiver participant for roughly one hour each week to ensure that you are able to build a strong foundation to in your peer support relationship.


Training

ORIENTATION / TRAINING for this position will be provided (i.e. OCO volunteer handbook, self-directed eLearning module, coaching calls with the Program Lead - Peer Support) 


  • Staff will maintain on-going supervision, support and regular 'check-ins'

  • Peer Mentors are invited to virtual Monthly Mentor Meet Ups to meet other mentors, share ideas and discuss challenges or learnings 

Volunteers are invited to participate in quarterly TRAINING sessions with a subject matter expert (i.e., past training topics included grief, mindfulness and 2SLGBTQA+ awareness) 


More Details
Areas of Interest: Counselling & Mental Health, Information & Referral Services
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace
Ideal for: Individuals
Apply before: 2023-01-06



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