ABOUT US

The Centre for Grief & Healing

Bereaved Families of Ontario - Halton/Peel is a registered non-profit charitable organization offering compassion and care for individuals dealing with the death of a loved one.  

CONTACT

905.848.4337

 

33 City Centre Drive

Suite 610

Mississauga, ON L5B 2N5

 

info@bereavedfamilies.ca

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Registered Charity #118803667RR0001

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Bereaved Families of Ontario - Halton / Peel 

SHARING IS CARING

As a peer-to-peer support based organization, our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Our programs are led by a volunteer facilitator, along with the help of one of our core staff support members.  We match our volunteers with loss specific opportunities to provide support to families and individuals grieving the loss of a loved one.  Our programs are made possible through the passion, dedication and skills of our volunteers. 

How to Volunteer

There are a number of ways to volunteer with us. 

 

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Volunteer Training

Our peer-to-peer support volunteers are all trained in our Grief Facilitator Training

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Volunteer Stories

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How to Volunteer

We are currently recruiting Group Facilitators for our programs in the Brampton, Mississauga, Milton areas as well as across Halton Region. Both the Open and Closed Support Groups run on a weekly or semi-monthly basis in the evenings with 2 Facilitators leading each group.

    VOLUNTEER POSITION SUMMARY

Our Group Facilitators lead open and closed support groups for individuals who have experienced a loss through death of a loved one; leading peer to peer support delivery with compassion, understanding in a non-judgmental environment.

  • Establish and maintain physical and emotional and social/cultural safety.

  • Provide socio-emotional support and connect group members with additional resources.

  • Promote, initiate and guide interactions that are characterized by equality and non-judgement

  • Role model in the expression of authentic emotion and respectful, empathetic interactions

  • Listen empathetically by giving your full attention to the speaker

  • Journey alongside members as they navigate their grief and mourn the loss of their loved one

  • Reassure group members of the individual nature of grief

  • Observe group members’ expressions and reactions

  • Identify, intervene and help to resolve conflict

  • Explore opportunities for growth and change

 

    QUALIFICATIONS

  • For the Closed Groups, we ask our Facilitators to commit to 8 weeks in order to provide group members with consistency.

  • Having experienced a loss and being able to share that lived experience in a positive manner with group members.

  • Be able to demonstrate the following traits: compassion, social inclusion, integrity, non-judgmental, adaptability, self disclosure, co-operations, resilience and self management and want to engage in ongoing learning.

  • A Vulnerable Sector Police Check will be required prior to commencing training.

  • Applicants must commit to an online and an in-class volunteer facilitator training if selected as a successful applicant. 

  • Please assess your self readiness prior to applying. 

     ROAD TO BECOMING A VOLUNTEER

  1. We invite you to complete a Volunteer Application and send the completed Volunteer Application along with your resume to volunteering@bereavedfamilies.ca.

  2. While we appreciate all applicants, we will screen each submitted application to ensure that the skills and interests are best matched to our available volunteer roles. Each applicant will be contacted with the outcome of the screening process.

  3. Successful applicants will be invited to schedule a phone interview. This will help us to better get to know you and your goals.

  4. Successful candidates will be invited to come in for an in person interview with two of our staff members.

  5. Next, we will send online training materials to the successful interviewees. You will be required to complete this and send it to the Volunteer Coordinator within a designated time frame, prior to attending a full day of in-class training.

  6. Next, you will be required to attend a full day of in-class training, where you will learn about your role as a volunteer.

  7. Following, the Volunteer Coordinator will schedule a meeting with you to review organizational policies and procedures, including health and safety policies and vulnerable sector reporting.

  8. After completing the volunteer training program, you will be required to submit a satisfactory, up-to-date (within 60- days) Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) check with a vulnerable sector screening. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for a CPIC request letter.

  9. Your training will continue with shadowing and co-facilitating sessions. (Office support volunteers will be exempt.)

  10. The last step of your training will consist of filling out an availability form. These forms will be updated, at minimum, annually.

  11. Congratulations! At the end of the training program, you will be awarded with a certificate and will begin your role as a volunteer!

We greatly appreciate your time and commitment as a volunteer and hope to schedule volunteer hours and tasks that benefit your work-life balance and personal goals. Contact volunteering@bereavedfamilies.ca with any questions or further inquiries.

Volunteer Training

Training is required for all volunteers at the Centre for Grief & Healing. This ensures that all volunteers gain a thorough understanding of organizational values and culture, along with adequately preparing for various volunteer responsibilities.

 

INITIAL TRAINING

The following training is mandatory for all volunteer facilitators to complete:

  • 7.5 hours of on-line learning specific to Centre for Grief & Healing.

  • 7.5 hours of in-class learning. This includes a review of organizational polices & procedures specific to Centre for Grief & Healing.

  • 2 peer support group shadow sessions.

  • 1 co-lead of peer support group session.

  • 1 lead of peer support group session.

 

ONGOING TRAINING 

  • Existing volunteers will be offered ongoing training opportunities annually.

  • Volunteer Engagement Nights will be held quarterly. Every volunteer must attend at least of one the volunteer engagement night per year.

  • The ‘Topic of the Night’ for the volunteer engagement nights are derived from initial training components. These discussions will serve as ‘refresher’ training for all our volunteers.