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Parent Support Services Society of BC

Parent Support Services Society of BC

We offer parenting programs and resources for parents and grandparents across the province of British Columbia. Our mission is to protect the safety and well being of children and promote the health of families by providing support, education, advocacy, research, and resources to those in a parenting role.

We envision a world where all children and their families are nurtured, valued and safe.

Keywords: Family Services , Community Services



Parent Support Services Society of BC
5623 Imperial St, Suite 204, Burnaby, BC V5G1G1

Parent Support Services Society of BC url http://www.parentsupportbc.ca/

Parent Support Services Society of BC Phone Number 604-669-1616

Parent Support Services Society of BC Email address office@parentsupportbc.ca



Volunteer Information for Parent Support Services Society of BC

What services does your organization provide?
We offer the following programs and services in all 4 of our regions:

 Parenting Support Circles
 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles
 Parenting information, Referral and Education
 Community Outreach and Workshops
 Group Facilitation Skills Training


Do you have any age requirements?
18


Do you require language proficiency other than in English?
No


What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer?
2.5 to 5 hours on a weekly or biweekly basis


Are there any other requirements for being a volunteer?
 General life experiences and the ability to apply the learning from that experience is more important than professional experience or training
 Being a grandparent is not necessary, but it is critical to have a strong understanding of the complexities and dynamics of grandchild/grandparent interactions, and the added dynamic of an absent parent
 Some familiarity with special needs children may be helpful in understanding the issues the GRG face


Are there any specific skills and experience required?
Personal Characteristics

 Personal maturity
 Belief in self-help values
 A non-judgmental and caring attitude
 A willingness to work within PSS guidelines
 Ability to use common sense and individual discretion in decision-making
 A stable personal life with self-care practices for maintaining one's own health

Skills

 Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to model those skills within a group setting
 Ability to work with staff, co-facilitator, and Steering Committee in a "team" approach
 Interest in and acceptance of diverse family groups
 Good listening skills


What type of volunteer positions are typically available?
Facilitators for Parent or Grandparent Support Circles.
Please contact us for other opportunities


Do you provide training for volunteers?
PSS Initial Facilitator Training helps new volunteers to understand their role and strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate a Support Circle. PSS Initial Facilitator Training is also available to professionals who wish to hone their group facilitation skills and learn more about the PSS self-help and co-facilitation model. Our next facilitator training will be held on Sep 12th (evening), 13th & 14th (all day) 2014 in Burnaby. Training flyer will provide more information.

PSS Initial Facilitator Training places an emphasis on:

 Self-help and the co-facilitation model;
 The stages of group development;
 Effective communication;
 Anti-oppressive practice; and
 Information on child abuse prevention

PSS Initial Facilitator Training is held 2-3 times per year in Vancouver, and twice a year on Vancouver Island and in Prince George. It usually takes place over one weekend, or is divided between two weekends, depending on participant and trainer schedules.

PSS Initial Facilitator Training is FREE to Parent Support Services Volunteers who have applied to facilitate a Parent, Grandparent or Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Support Circle in their community, and who have made a commitment to volunteer with PSS for at least one year.

For individuals and/or professionals from community agencies who are interested in participating in PSS Initial Facilitator Training Workshop for skill development, there is a fee of $350. The training fee includes a complete training manual, Facilitator's Handbook, lunches, and snacks.


What are the typical volunteer activities occurring at your organization?
Working with the supervision, support and direction of Parent Support Services Society of BC (PSS) staff, including the GRG Program Coordinator, and with the support of the local partnering agency and Steering Committee, the volunteer facilitator plays a key role in the development and continued operation of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle.

The volunteer will devote the majority of her/his time and efforts to providing direct services, and is also responsible for completing the required administrative tasks in a timely and competent manner. Volunteer facilitators are encouraged to take advantage of ongoing personal and professional development opportunities, both locally and through PSS, to enhance their skills and understanding.

Direct Service Delivery
1. to contact/accept new referrals into the group according to established local procedures
2. to facilitate weekly Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle meetings according to organizational guidelines as specified in the Facilitator's Handbook and in cooperation with local host agencies
3. to arrange for child care and transportation subsidies as required
4. to devote sufficient effort and time to establishing and maintaining a healthy relationship with co-facilitator
5. to advocate on behalf of the grandparents raising grandchildren, when invited to do so, and when it is in the grandparent families best interest
6. to be aware of other community resources, and offer referrals to members, as appropriate
7. to be an active member of the local Steering Committee, to the extent possible, and in a manner consistent with the role of group facilitators
8. to promote the program to the community at large
9. to provide a positive role model for grandparents raising grandchildren
10. to meet duties and responsibilities in an ethical manner at all times

Administrative Duties
1. to complete monthly group statistic forms as per policy
2. to establish and manage a seed account (if necessary) to meet group expenses
3. to ensure an appropriate meeting place is arranged/maintained
4. to ensure arrangements for group supplies, coffee supplies, etc. are made
5. to remain informed about agency policies and procedures
6. to take advantage of opportunities to participate in the development of agency policy and procedures

Personal and Professional Development
1. to complete the PSS Initial Facilitator Training workshop as required
2. to complete any other initial or ongoing training as required
3. to remain aware of and participate to the extent possible in other professional and personal development opportunities as may be provided by PSS, local agencies and/or other resources


How will a person benefit from volunteering with Parent Support Services Society of BC?
Receive invaluable training on group facilitation alongside practical experience throughout the year while interacting with parents and grandparents.


Do you accept high school students?
No




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