Support Group Facilitator: Caregivers

Support Group Facilitator: Caregivers
Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Alzheimer Society of B.C.
  • Advocacy / Campaigning
  • Counseling
  • Visiting / Chatting / Socializing
Long term (6 months to 1 year)
  • Youth (over 18)
  • Seniors
  • British Columbia - Northern BC - Quesnel
  • British Columbia - Chilliwack
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Abbotsford

Position Title:                     Support Group Co-Facilitator

Minimum Age:                   18

Reports To:                          Support and education Coordinator

Position Summary:           Support the Society’s mission and co-facilitate a discussion group of care partners, family members, and friends who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Help to create a safe and open environment for participants to share their stories and learn techniques for improving quality of life.  Click here to create a volunteer profile with the Alzheimer Society and to apply for this role

Available Locations: (specific information about venue location provided during the interview)

Locations  Days of the month Time
Abbotsford Third Wednesday 7pm-8:30pm
Abbotsford First & Third Thursday 1pm-3pm
Abbotsford First & Third Wednesday 12:30pm-2:30pm
Chilliwack First 7 Third Wednesday 1pm-2:30pm
Chilliwack Second & Fourth Monday 1pm-3pm
Quesnel Third Tuesday 1pm-3pm

Role Responsibilities / Tasks

  • Facilitate or co-facilitate monthly or semimonthly Care partner Support Groups
  • Provide a safe and welcoming environment for discussion and support
  • Deliver information relevant to the monthly theme at the beginning of each group
  • Inform the participants about the objectives and ground rules for the group
  • Empower participants by discussing the important role they play for themselves and each other
  • Involve participants through invitation and inclusion
  • Initiate, clarify and summarize discussions as required
  • Connect support group participants through discussion about shared common experiences
  • Prepare for and deliver education component
  • Set up room and coordinate logistics
  • Complete support group report including attendance and debrief with supervisor

Skills, Knowledge and Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in group facilitation is an asset
  • Ability to prepare for and deliver education component
  • Professionalism / boundary setting as support group facilitator
  • Respect for diversity
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Effective listening skills
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to work collaboratively with co-facilitator and supervisor
  • Respect for the boundaries of the position


Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of dementia and the implication for caregivers
  • Education in the social sciences is an asset

Environment / Conditions:

  • Highly social leadership role
  • Interacting with care-partners
  • Shifting environment, each session and location may be unique

Screening Process:

  • Interview
  • Reference check
  • Vulnerable sector check
  • Two-day training course


  • General Orientation
    • About dementia and Alzheimer’s, customer service, and program policies
  • Position Specific Training (2 sessions 6 hours in duration)
  • On-going support and assistance


Dates and Time Commitment:

  • Minimum one year commitment
  • Attend all required Care partner Support Group Facilitator training, information meetings, and scheduled sessions
  • Participate in facilitation mentorship
  • Complete personal review of materials and preparation as required
  • Duration varies from group to group, schedule for two hours plus travel


  • Join a welcoming and dynamic volunteer community
  • Receive training and several weeks of mentorship related to group facilitation
  • Increased personal knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Sense of satisfaction and fulfillment
  • Knowledge that you are playing an integral role in helping those who are affected by alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
  • Knowledge that you are aiding the Alzheimer Society in being able to offer a variety of specialized support groups.
  • Independence and autonomy to run a group.

Apply using the Alzheimer Society website