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Social Support Group Leader

Nillumbik Shire Council
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PURPOSE:

This is a group for older people to engage and feel socially connected through structured, group-based activities which develop, maintain and support independent living and social interactions within their community.

The group is involved in planning the program which includes a range of enjoyable and meaningful activities.  The program may involve craft activities, a shared lunch, excursions to the beach, gardens, or seeing a movie.

The volunteer supports the Social Support Group Leader and group clients by being involved in the planning, preparation and running of group activities.  The Social Support Group (SSG) meets weekly on Thursdays, generally during school terms..

LOCATION:

The Social Support Group is located in Panton Hill at the Living & Learning Centre.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Work as part of a team to set up and pack up the room, equipment and materials for the days activities Attend excursions (ability to drive the Community Bus desirable) Provide a welcoming environment to the program Join in program activities to encourage participation Assist in preparing morning tea/light lunch Communicate information relevant to the clients needs and wellbeing to the Social Support Group Leader Respect the confidentiality, independence, values and lifestyles of the clients accessing the SSG program Adhering to OH&S requirements; including but not limited to COVID Safe Plans

 

 

REPORTS TO:

Community Support Services - Social Support Group Leader

TIME COMMITMENT:

4 – 6 hours on Thursdays (generally during school terms)

REQUIRED SKILLS:

Interpersonal and communication skills Ability to take direction A willingness to commit to a minimum of 6 months with the program

SUPPORT:

Training and orientation for this position will be provided by the Social Support Group Leader. Ongoing support will be provided throughout the volunteer’s involvement in the program.

SECURITY CHECKS AND LICENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Police Check Victorian driver’s licence Current first aid certificate (HLTAID003) Two Reference checks Safe food handling experience desirable

 

POLICIES:

Please refer to Councils Volunteer handbook for details regarding occupational Health and Safety, Equal Opportunity, privacy and confidentially and Code of Conduct policies. Full policy documents can be requested from the Social Support Group Leader.