What does a Group Facilitator do, and what is required of them?
The DIDSS Peer Support Groups provide peer support in a non-biased, non-judgemental environment. Our facilitators ensure that attendants are comfortable enough to participate and share their experiences with other men with similar issues.
Facilitators will need to undertake the training and assessment required - including a weekend induction course in Sydney or Melbourne. Once accredited they will need to commit to the group for at least 12 months, one night a week for 2 to 3 hours (or alternate weeks with co-facilitators).
What support is available for group facilitators?
Initial support comes from the group and co-facilitators, while head office and regional staff are always accessible. We host 3 to 4 training forums in Sydney and Melbourne each year, and have professional counsellors available if required.
Our volunteer coordinator maintains regular contact with all facilitators.
What attributes will I need to do this work?
- Empathy with the cause
- An ability to both listen as well as share experiences
- Positive outlook
What is the criteria for facilitating within a current group?
- Able to commit to the group on a weekly basis for at least 12 months, co-facilitating weekly (or fortnightly if others available)
- Participate in the DIDSS facilitator induction weekend training at own expense (funding available if required)
- Willing to undertake continuous improvement as a DIDSS Facilitator
- Engage with and respond to the organisation as required
- Assist in local fundraising to help the group to grow
What is the criteria for establishing and facilitating a new group?
Same as with a current group, plus;
- Engage with head office as required
- There must be at least two, preferably three, trained facilitators willing and able to meet the criteria before a group can be started
- Locate a suitable venue, ideally that is able to provide the service for little or no cost
- Fundraising in the local area to cover training and meeting expenses