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Peer-to-Peer Support Group Facilitator

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ORGANIZATION: Friends of Aine Center for Grieving Children and Families

At Friends of Aine, we want to create a world where no child grieves alone. Our volunteers work towards this mission by facilitating peer-to-peer, activity-based support groups. These services are open to grieving children, and teens, ages 4-18, and their adult caregivers. Our goal is to create a safe space for our grieving population to share their own personal experiences, explore topics related to grief, and learn coping strategies.

Facilitators work together within the same room in groups of two. Each volunteer is prepared well in advance by our Program Director, who develops the curriculum for each 8-week series, as well as the Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers do not need to have a specific background in any particular field. They will be trained by both Coordinators during a scheduled Orientation Training. The onboarding process requires individuals to submit a volunteer application, two references, attend an in-person interview and tour of the Center, and attend the Orientation Training.

1 Shift

  • evening / 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM
    We host seasonal support series at our center. Each series runs 8 weeks, meeting one evening per week.
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About Friends of Aine Center for Grieving Children and Families

Location:

226 Coolidge Ave, MANCHESTER, NH 03102, US

Mission Statement

To provide robust child bereavement services to help children develop tools to cope effectively and confidently in their daily lives and to give them the safety and freedom to share their story. To Raise awareness of the need to support grieving children through the provision of training, education and research. To establish an enduring legacy of Aine through the creation of permanent Friends of Aine Centers that embody her spirit, personality and kindness for the delivery of child grief support so that children do not feel alone after the death of a loved one.

Description

At Friends of Aine Center for Grieving Children and Families, we provide free peer-to-peer support services and resources to bereaved kids and teens.

In New Hampshire, 1 in 13 children will experience the death of a loved one before age 18. Childhood bereavement is a prevalent and critical public health issue that can have a profound impact on a child’s future wellbeing. These statistics don’t account for the number of children who lose a "parental figure," such as a grandparent or other relative that provides care. Friends of Aine is the only nonprofit organization in New Hampshire whose sole mission is to support grieving families. That is why our services are imperative in helping children to effectively manage the emotions and sadness that follow a devastating loss.

We aim to support grieving families in New Hampshire through our program groups, educate the community about resources available through us and other community organizations, and to advocate for our families by addressing the growing need for bereavement services in New Hampshire.

All of this wouldn't be possible without the dedication of our facilitators, who are imperative to fulfilling our mission of leaving no child to grieve alone. Facilitators work directly with a group of children to talk about their grief through guided activities, in hopes of better understanding the emotions experienced after a significant loss.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Crisis Support
Health & Medicine
Children & Youth, Crisis Support, Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift

WHERE

226 Coolidge AveManchester, NH 03102

(42.99674,-71.47739)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Bereavement Support
  • Mental Health
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Group sessions are offered September-November, January-March, and April-June. We ask that every facilitator commits to one calendar year, for each 8-week series, or 24 evenings total. They will be asked to choose one night per week for each session.
  • Each volunteer will participate in an initial screening interview, consent to a background check and provide 2 references. They will then complete an Orientation and Facilitator training.

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