Purpose. To provide practical support and ensure the safety of service users accessing social support groups. Part of the function of the social group is to communicate core messages around safer-sex and tolerance.
Description. Support group facilitators help to give people from vulnerable or stigmatised background to meet each other, discuss their issues and feel safe. Current groups include: gay and bisexual men’s group; lesbian and bisexual women’s group; lesbian and bisexual mum’s group and HIV-positive peer group that includes friends and family affected by HIV. As part of the role you will need to be able to answer the door using the Intercom system, set-up and clear-down the social group space including equipment for hot drinks and support people from a variety of demographic backgrounds to socialise together. Support group facilitators may need to offer minor assistance to people with disabilities however no personal care will be required.
Locations and Times. Support groups take place at the Body Positive Centre in Crewe and travelling groups take place at sites across Cheshire. Groups are largely between 7pm and 9pm on weekdays. Volunteers able to offer a regular commitment are preferred.
Training. A basic knowledge of listening skills, sexual health, HIV and issues around sexuality diversity is helpful and will be provided as part of the volunteer induction.
Checklist. All of the following criteria must be met for you to be able to take part as a social group facilitator. Skills and personal development will be met by Body Positive's volunteer training scheme where appropriate.
Motivated and confident in working with men who have sex with men
Able to maintain clear boundaries and confidentiality
Willing to develop verbal communication skills
Open-minded; not easily shocked or offended
Able to work with people whose values may be different from your own
Confident to approach people and ask questions
Willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check
Able to get to college destinations
Completed or willing to attend,
HIV and Sexual Health Awareness
Over 18 years of age
Expenses. Volunteers are able to claim reasonable out of pocket expenses, subject to production of receipts as evidence of expenditure. Process and rates of reimbursement will be covered in the volunteer induction and detailed in the volunteer handbook.
We are looking for people to help us with:
Community and Support
Befriending; Peer Support; Drivers; Drop-In Support; Positive Role Models
Counselling; Alternative Therapy; Clinic Support
Education & Awareness
Sexual Health Promotion; Community Advocacy; Training; Drop-In; Stands and stalls
Trustee; Administration; Fundraising; Events; Publicity and Promotion