Volunteers needed to help youngsters deal with grief
Would you like to train as a volunteer group facilitator for Seasons for Growth programme? Seasons is a programme of peer support groups for young people who are experiencing loss and/or grief through the death or life threatening illness of a family member, the separation or divorce of their parents, imprisonment of relatives or other major family changes like long-term placement with foster parents; migration or other circumstances.
The programme, which runs for nine, weekly, one-hour sessions during the school term, is available to young people aged 5 to 18. They meet in small, ageappropriate groups and work alongside two volunteer adult companions who guide the young people along a structured journey to explore feelings and develop sustainable coping strategies for grief and loss.
It is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are a normal and valuable part of life. The programme examines the impact of changes such as death, separation, divorce, and natural disaster upon our lives, and explores how we can learn to live with and grow from these experiences.
The core intentions of this program are the development of resilience and emotional literacy to promote social and emotional wellbeing. The programme is educational in nature and does not provide
‘‘Volunteers require a level of skill and experience around listening and understanding as well as enjoying and caring about young people.’’
therapy. Peer support is a key element of the programme, and confidentiality is strongly emphasised.
All volunteers require a level of skill and experience around listening and understanding as well as enjoying and caring about young people; together with being committed to child safety. Your ability to be an active team player will enhance the experiences of everyone.
Time involvement during the nine week programme would be around two to three hours per week, which includes preparation, time with the young people and debriefing.
Each volunteer is police checked and is required to undertake a training programme prior to supporting the young people. This training, for those interested in assisting with this inspiring programme, will be held during the weekend of September 16, 17 in New Plymouth and is open to volunteers throughout the entire Taranaki region as the programmes operate in New Plymouth, North, Central and South Taranaki.
Training will run from 9am to 5pm both days. If you would like further information then please quickly contact Marie at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06) 758 8986, or phone/text 027 541 0577 or email email@example.com so that you can receive more information.