Local support group contact / facilitator
A support group facilitator runs (often with one or more other facilitators) a monthly support group meeting for bereaved parents, siblings and occasionally grandparents. Support group facilitators create a caring, safe and supportive atmosphere that encourages group members to share their grief and experiences. A support group facilitator will do more listening than talking and will be resilient and comfortable listening to the experiences and feelings of others.
We offer all support group facilitators an Information and Training Day which equips you with the information and skills to run group meetings, as well as guidance in applying one’s own experience to support others. The facilitator also has the support of our regional coordinators and TCF office staff. The group facilitator role is a very rewarding one, and epitomises the best of peer support. In supporting others, we also support ourselves.
We are looking for bereaved parents who are at least 3 years on from their own bereavement and who are feeling more ‘resilient’ around their loss.
As a local group facilitator, you will be using your own experience and ways of coping to support other bereaved parents. Some of the qualities that make a good support group facilitator are:
- good listening and communication skills;
- high level of empathy;
- non-judgemental approach;
- confident and able to hold your own in group situations;
- respectful of others’ beliefs and opinions;
- consistent and dependable;
- resilient around your own loss;
- able to maintain confidentiality at all times.
Our next training and information dates for Facilitating a TCF Support Group are :
19th and 26th March 2022, 9 - 1pm (attendance is required at both sessions)
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