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How you can help as a Support Group Facilitator

A support group facilitator works to create an environment that is safe and respectful, and where participants feel comfortable sharing their experiences, insight and knowledge with others. A support group facilitator will also assist with the delivery of information, education, and resources for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers/families.

The facilitator works with the support group to:

  • Define their role as a collaborator: the facilitator is not an expert.
  • Conduct group meetings in a caring, respectful and compassionate manner.
  • Promote the value of empowerment, encouraging individuals to be involved in making decisions about their own care.
  • Establish, with input from group participants, a list of ground rules and goals and review the list with the group on a regular basis.
  • Foster an opportunity for people to interact with others dealing with similar health concerns; facilitate sharing of experiences living with Parkinson’s.
  • Liaise with PSBC staff on behalf of the group.
  • Develop and maintain a list of participants’ addresses, phone numbers, and emails.
  • Develop a facilitation committee of two or three people sharing responsibilities; Ask for help with coffee, photocopying, room setup, etc.
  • Introduce newcomers, explain group guidelines such as confidentiality, and help them connect with group participants.

The group facilitator works with Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) to:

  • Support the goals of PSBC in local communities with an emphasis on providing information, support and fellowship for people with Parkinson’s and their families.
  • Provide PSBC with updated group lists, including addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses on an annual basis.
    • Be guided by the suggestions and decisions of PSBC staff.
    • Attend training/education provided by PSBC about Parkinson’s disease and enhancing facilitator’s skills, including quarterly facilitator teleconferences.

Parkinson Society British Columbia is actively recruiting a volunteer Support Group Facilitator to assist in strengthening the Parkinson's community in Surrey. 

For more information about this position, please contact:
Caroline Wiggins, Education and Support Services Coordinator
604-662-3240 | 1-800-668-3330 | cwiggins@parkinson.bc.ca