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Alcohol & other Drugs (AOD) Peer Support Leader

Ballarat Community Health

Voluntary Position

AOD Peer Support Leaders

Number of volunteers required
4

Commitment required

Able and willing to work collaboratively with other Peer Support Leader (PSL) volunteers to facilitate support group meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday afternoon of each month. The support group meetings are of 2 hours’ duration. Outside of the meeting some time will be required to help organise guest speakers, promote the group, coordinate communication and perform some admin tasks. This is shared between the PSLs.

Desirable personal skills/qualities 

• A lived experience of substance abuse and recovery, both from an individual perspective and as an impacted family member is ESSENTIAL

• Experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds, including those with mental health conditions and/or challenging behaviours is advantageous

• Excellent verbal communication skills, especially active listening

• Good written communication skills

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people

• A non-judgemental approach

• Able to work effectively as part of a small team

• Able to adapt to change

• Punctual and reliable

• Appropriate standard of personal presentation

• Able to align with the BCH values in all areas of work

Volunteer Role Key duties

• Prepare resources that may be required

• Assist with set up and pack up of the meeting room for each session

• Participate in debrief with other PSLs following each session

• Attend relevant training as requested by BCH

• Liaise with BCH AOD staff for ongoing coordination

• Plan and structure the meeting format

• Provide notification of meeting dates and times to members

• Assist with promotion of the group

• Record attendance at group meetings

• Facilitate beneficial conversations and encourage group members to contribute

• Maintain a positive and welcoming environment

The volunteer will require

Police Check
Working with children check
Character references

For further information, inquiries or applications please contact: Michelle Graffeo, Volunteer & Student Coordinator :  michelleg@bchc.org.au

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