Peer Mentor

(Ontario Caregiver Organization, Online Services/Find Support)

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Position ID: V-CWD0040 Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 Last Full Update: 07 Jan 2022
Opportunity Details
ContactStacy Chung, Engagement Lead, Ontario Caregiver Organization; Phone: Toll free: 1-888-877-1626 416-362-CARE (2273) ext 1011; Email: stacyc@ontariocaregiver.ca
DutiesMentoring is a method of passing on lived experiences to support another caregiver in an empowering and meaningful way. Anyone who has been a caregiver will know that the caregiving role presents many challenges. These challenges will be different for every caregiver and from time to time support will be needed. 
 
A Peer Mentor has a wealth of experience and knowledge which can help another caregiver with the challenges of their caregiving situation. Caregivers share a common identity and can create a bond through sharing their experiences. You can easily connect by phone or by online/virtual discussion with your Caregiver Participant without leaving your home. 
 
An OCO trained peer mentor will: 
  • ‘Just be there’/Listen 
  • Provide encouragement, support and acceptance 
  • Acknowledge a caregiver’s strengths 
  • Share lived experience and give real life examples 
  • Discuss a caregiver’s wellbeing 
  • Provide support with developing coping strategies 
  • Provide relevant information 
  • Provide support to set goals the caregiver identifies 
  • Celebrate any goals the caregiver achieves 
  • Be someone for a caregiver to bounce ideas of
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    The Ontario Caregiver Organization invites caregivers with diverse backgrounds from across Ontario to join our 1:1 Peer Support Program as a Peer Mentor. We are actively recruiting bilingual or multilingual caregivers who are fluent in English and also other languages.
    More Info Linkhttps://ontariocaregiver.ca/peersupport/become-a-peer-mentor/
    ClientsCaregivers
    Ages18 year(s) and up
    Suitable for OSSDNo
    Suitable ForAdults (18+)
    Areas of InterestCommunity Outreach ; Telephone Communication ; Volunteer from Home / Virtual
    Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Listening Skills
    Commitment LengthOne year
    LocationVirtual
    Number of PositionsBruce County ; Grey County ; Muskoka District ; Northumberland County ; Parry Sound District ; Peterborough (County of) ; Simcoe County 
     
    50 individual(s) needed in total.
    TrainingTraining is provided ; Training is required ; Training on-going ; The OCO staff will provide training and support for all volunteers to feel confident in their role as Peer Mentor.
    Police CheckRequired
    Additional RequirementsAn OCO trained peer mentor must be: 
  • A caregiver who is currently or has previously provided physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour 
  • Over 18 years of age 
  • Able to give a one year commitment to the program 
  • Undergo a reference check and criminal background check
  • Referrals5
    Agency Details
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    Organization NameOntario Caregiver Organization, Online Services/Find Support
    Toll Free PhoneAdministrative Office: 1-888-877-1626 
    Helpline: 1-833-416-2273 (1-833-416-CARE)
    E-Mailinfo@ontariocaregiver.ca
    Websitewww.ontariocaregiver.ca
    Address & Map
    180 Dundas St W, Suite 1425
    Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8