To provide practical support and ensure the safety of service users accessing social support groups. Part of the function of the social group is to communicate core messages around safer-sex and tolerance.
Support group facilitators help to give people from vulnerable or stigmatised background to meet each other, discuss their issues and feel safe. Current groups include: gay and bisexual men’s group; lesbian and bisexual women’s group; lesbian and bisexual mum’s group and HIV-positive peer group that includes friends and family affected by HIV. As part of the role you will need to be able to answer the door using the Intercom system, set-up and clear-down the social group space including equipment for hot drinks and support people from a variety of demographic backgrounds to socialise together. Support group facilitators may need to offer minor assistance to people with disabilities however no personal care will be required.
All of the following criteria must be met for you to be able to take part as a social group facilitator. Skills and personal development will be met by Body Positive's volunteer training scheme where appropriate.
- Motivated and confident in working with men who have sex with men
- Able to maintain clear boundaries and confidentiality
- Willing to develop verbal communication skills
- Open-minded; not easily shocked or offended
- Able to work with people whose values may be different from your own
- Confident to approach people and ask questions
- Willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check
- Able to get to college destinations
- Completed or willing to attend,
- Volunteer Induction
- HIV and Sexual Health Awareness
- LGBT awareness
Over 18 years of age