Peer Mentor
Peer Mentor
Volunteer Types: Health Care, Mental Health, Mentoring
Organization types: Health and Diseases
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: January 6, 2023
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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.

Purpose: 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.

Responsibilities
• Be familiar with OCO’s mission, vision and programs and supports
• Facilitate peer support programs in a confidential, non-judgmental and friendly atmosphere
• Expertly guide conversations that allow caregivers to meet others with similar and dissimilar caregiving experiences
• Offer support and guidance on matters that help caregivers in their journey
• Provide feedback on OCO’s programs and resources that can help shape the ongoing delivery of OCO’s support and resources for caregivers
• Maintain confidentiality on sensitive issues as per OCO’s confidentiality agreement
• Communicate in a timely matter any concerns or issues to OCO staff liaison
• Follow all policies and procedures outlined in OCO’s volunteer handbook
• Understand and accept the roles and responsibilities of the peer support program
• Successfully complete all peer mentor training

Qualifications
• Caregiver who is currently 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 working without supervision in situations that require critical thinking and flexibility in how and when to respond
• Be comfortable working 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
• Must be over 18 years of age

Commitment: We ask all interested candidates to commit to participating in the program for a minimum of one year. We ask for a time commitment of 1-2 hours a week. As part of our screening, Peer Mentors are required to complete a reference check and a Criminal Records Check.

Support
• Orientation and training for this position will be provided
• Staff will maintain on-going supervision, support and regular ‘check-ins’

The Ontario Caregiver Organization invites caregivers with diverse backgrounds from across Ontario to join our 1:1 Peer Support Program as a Peer Mentor. We are actively recruiting bilingual or multilingual caregivers who are fluent in English and other languages, and caregivers with experience caring for a spouse or child.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Utilize your personal caregiving experience to support other caregivers; Be part of a meaningful volunteer experience; Gain training and experience in peer support skills
How will the organization benefit?
By sharing your time, you can help the Ontario Caregiver Organization improve the lives of Ontario caregivers.

Contact

Stacy Chung
@The Ontario Caregiver Organization
Time it will take to contact applicants:
​1-6-days

Details

This position would be great for: Adults, Newcomers to Canada, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 25
Good for people interested in: Health Care, Mental Health, Mentoring

Volunteer Considerations

  • Police record check required
  • This position can accommodate persons with a disability
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