Support Group Volunteer

(Parkinson Society South Western Ontario, Parkinson Support Group)

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Position ID: V-GUE0028 Last Modified: 30 Jan 2022 Last Full Update: 30 Jan 2022
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementSupport for people with PD and their care partners
ContactMandy McDonagh, Coordinator: Programs and Services, Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario; Phone: 1-888-851-7376 ext 204; Fax: 519-652-9267; Email:
Duties1. facilitate Zoom and in-person (when allowed) support group meetings for people with Parkinson's (PWP) and their caregivers 2. Help PWP find local resources 3. Network with community to find guest speakers 4. Advocate for the needs of PWP in the community
Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-Being ; Quality Education ; Gender Equality ; Reduced Inequality
BenefitsWonderful benefits for volunteer wo meet and get to know people in our community who are resilient, intelligent and kind even as they battle a progressive disease. You will learn a lot about PD and the tenacity of the people who have it.
ClientsPeople with Parkinson's disease (from just diagnosed to end stage) and their care partners (spouses, family members, friends)
Ages40 year(s) - 80 year(s)
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Persons with limited mobility ; Couples
Areas of InterestAdvocacy ; Community Outreach ; Program Coordination / Support ; Volunteer from Home / Virtual
Skills/ExperienceAccounting & Finance ; Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Creativity ; General Computer Skills ; Leadership ; Marketing & PR ; Planning & Organizing ; Public Speaking ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Writing & Editing
Commitment LengthLong Term (More than 1 year)
Interaction LevelSolitary ; One-on-one ; Small Group ; Large Group ; Virtual Volunteering - during covid ; This volunteer position is ideally suited to someone recently retired from a health care career and is still looking for an intellectual challenge and with a strong desire to help others. It is a very rewarding position
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesFacilitating 2 meetings a month. In between, sending out resources and directing folks to resources. Meetings in person are 2 hours long
SeasonsSpring ; Fall ; Winter ; No groups in the summer
AccessibilityFully Accessible - In non covid we meet at a church. We are looking for a bigger site ; Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall
Number of PositionsAberfoyle ; Arthur ; Elora ; Erin ; Fergus ; Guelph ; Harriston ; Mount Forest ; Palmerston ; Rockwood 
2 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Training on the job
TransportationNear public transit ; Car required ; The only driving is to the support group meetings (when covid ends)
CostNo cost, unless you bring some treats to the meetings. Group is asked to bring treats
Start DateOn or after 01 Feb 2022
Display Until12 Jan 2023
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Organization NameParkinson Society South Western Ontario, Parkinson Support Group