WE Breastfeed & Chestfeed Program Peer Support Volunteer

(Guelph Community Health Centre, Guelph - Downtown Location, Healthy Living)

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Position ID: V-GUE3146 Last Modified: 10 Nov 2020 Last Full Update: 10 Nov 2020
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementMake connections to resources & feeding strategies
ContactHannah Senitt, Coordinator of Volunteer Resources, Guelph Community Health Centre; Phone: (519) 821-6638 ext 326; Email: volunteer@guelphchc.ca
DutiesWE Breastfeed & Chestfeed program supports parents feeding human milk in any way, in any amount. Parents can receive support in two ways. One-to-one telephone support with trained and experienced parent-volunteers or weekly drop-in Breastfeeding & Chestfeed Cafes. Cafe is offered in an online format and is a great place for parents to socialize with other breastfeeding / chestfeeding families and get support with challenges. 
 
Become trained to offer support and lead group sessions providing feeding & parenting support to other parents. Keep logs of supporting, track hours, remain in good communication with the program coordinator. 
 
 
IMPORTANT Information:  
 
Volunteers in this role are required to have had breastfeed or chestfeeding experience. Please consider joining this program as an administrative support or in a health promotion role if you do not have breast or chest feeding experience.  
 
Guelph CHC acknowledges the importance of Peer-led work and offers 20 hours of training for this position but also ask for a minimum 6 month commitment. 
 
One of our strategic aims to build capacity in our community. Volunteers in this role must have a connection to Guelph.
Sustainable Development GoalsNo Poverty ; Zero Hunger ; Good Health and Well-Being ; Gender Equality ; Reduced Inequality
More Info Linkwww.guelphchc.ca/we-breastfeed
BenefitsWE Breastfeed & chestfeed volunteering is an opportunity to become involved in the community, be a positive role model in a family's life, to develop and explore career options and enhance your resume. Volunteers share energy, enthusiasm, talents and visions and gain experience working with a diverse community. 
 
Guelph CHC provides a 20 hour training program for this role. Volunteers have access to internal job postings, opportunity to sit on committees and to other training opportunities.
ClientsPregnant people, parents, children, infants, diverse communities
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Highschool students ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with limited mobility ; Newcomers / English as a second language ; Couples ; Families
Areas of InterestAdvocacy ; Child & Family Services ; Community / Neighbourhood Volunteering ; Community Outreach ; Counselling ; Food Services / Nutrition ; Health Care ; Information & Referral Services ; Life Skills Support ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Pandemic / Coronavirus / COVID-19 Support ; Poverty & Homelessness ; Program Coordination / Support ; Research / Evaluation ; Translation / Languages / Interpretation ; Volunteer from Home / Virtual ; Youth Engagement ; Youth Services
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Creativity ; Customer Service ; General Computer Skills ; Leadership - The program is volunteer-led ; Mentoring & Training ; Planning & Organizing ; Public Speaking ; Research ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; Translation & Languages - We NEED parents who speak languages other than English & French on our team! ; Volunteers in this role are required to have had past or current breastfeed or chestfeeding experience.  
 
Volunteer applicants may have an interest in peer support, families, pregnancy, breastfeeding, chestfeeding, babies, infants, infant feeding, support groups, telephone support, reading, research, education, teaching, communication
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term (More than 1 year)
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group
Minimum Hours5 / Month
Dates and TimesFriday: Morning, Afternoon (10:30 am - 1:00 pm) 
 
There are many other outreach opportunities but Fridays are our main program time.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityUnknown - Volunteering will be done online or over the phone
LocationGuelph Public Library - Downtown Library
Number of PositionsGuelph 
 
20 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation - From Guelph CHC ; Training is provided ; Training is required - You must complete your provided training before beginning the role. ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going - On-going training at volunteer meeting required
CostThere is never a cost when volunteering with the Guelph Community Health Centre!
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsPast or present breastfeeding or chestfeeding experience is required for this role.
Social MediaFacebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/WeBreastfeed/
Instagram Instagram: www.instagram.com/webreastfeed.guelphchc
Agency Details
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Organization NameGuelph Community Health Centre, Guelph - Downtown Location, Healthy Living
Office Phone519-821-6638
Fax519-821-6148
E-Mailinfo@guelphchc.ca
Websitewww.guelphchc.ca
Address & Map
176 Wyndham St N
Guelph, ON N1H 8N9
 
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