The Anaphylaxis Campaign runs a successful support group programme for people with severe allergies of all kinds (including parents with severely allergic children) across the UK.
We are now recruiting for our new Parent Support Group Facilitator development project. The aim of this project is to empower and inform parents of children with severe food allergy, through peer-to-peer support groups.
Details of these voluntary vacancies and how to apply can be found below.
VOLUNTEERING VACANCIES FOR PARENT SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATORS
Reporting to: National Co-ordinator, the Anaphylaxis Campaign
Location: At a venue in your local area (to be identified)
This volunteer job is unpaid, but all out of pocket expenses for training, travel and initial supervision period will be covered.
Summary: The Anaphylaxis Campaign, working with experts from the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is looking to find volunteers with available time who are keen to learn the necessary skills to enable them to become group facilitators for parents of children with severe food allergy(ies).
Our aim is to find and train 10 volunteers, each of which will then be able to facilitate a new support group for parents of children with severe food allergy (ies) in their local area, approx. 2 – 3 times per year.
Support and Training:
You will be given training to gain a detailed understanding of food allergies in children ( 2 days at Imperial College, London) and also in group facilitation skills (1 – 2 days, London based).
You will receive one to one supervision and support during your initial training period and for the first 12 months post-training.
You will already have some knowledge of food allergy in children and have an approach to their parents that is empathetic and non-judgemental.
You will have organisational skills and be confident in communicating with parents of children with food allergies, and helpful towards them in terms of practical issues e.g. food safety, to help reduce levels of anxiety.
You are likely to be the parent of a food allergic child (or children) yourself.
You will be available not only for the initial training outlined above, but also to run at least 2 to 3 support groups within the first 12 months after training. Staff from the Anaphylaxis Campaign/Imperial College will supervise and support you through these.
You can also download our guide to running Support Groups which gives an outline of what is generally expected of our volunteers who run our support groups.
If you are interested in applying, please send your CV (or brief description of how you fit the requirements above, with full contact details) to: email@example.com
Closing date for applications: 13 September 2013