As a Volunteer Peer Support Facilitator within the Epilepsy Smart Australia Program (ESAP), you will play a vital role in planning, organising and facilitating peer activities, to ensure all peer group members feel safe, heard, understood and included. The ESAP Peer Support Program provides hope, encouragement and empowerment to all persons living with or impacted by Epilepsy, through the provision of information, sharing stories and connections.
Your lived experience and empathetic presence will provide invaluable support and connection to those navigating living with epilepsy.
As this is a new Peer Support Program in a pilot phase – you will be part of a team that is actively responding directly to the needs of members, with flexibility and enthusiasm.
- Emotional Support & Connection: Offer a supportive, compassionate and empathetic presence to individuals living with or impacted by epilepsy. This includes facilitating discussions, sharing experiences and modelling positive engagement creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for members to connect with others.
- Meet Up planning: organise, prepare and facilitate meetups (may be virtual or in-person), including inviting guest speakers, as relevant. Minimal data capture is required following each meetup.
- Information and Resource sharing: Provide information about available resources, services, and programs that can assist those impacted by epilepsy, helping them access the support and information they need.
- Maintain Confidentiality: Respect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals and families you interact with, ensuring that their personal information is kept confidential.
- A Lived experience – person living with epilepsy or a parent/carer of a person living with epilepsy
- A demonstrated commitment to ESAP’s Vision and willingness to work within expected behaviours, policies and procedures
- An ability to work as part of a team and autonomously
- A high personal standard for continuous quality improvement of services
- A demonstrated capacity to work ethically, upholding the human rights, dignity, confidentiality and wellbeing of the people we support
- Ability to engage via Facebook, email, and Teams to facilitate virtual meetups.
- Flexibility to attend meetups outside business hours as guided by the needs of the participants
Time Commitment: The time commitment for this volunteer role can vary, depending on the availability and needs of the individuals and families seeking support. To ensure we can provide to you a comprehensive and effective training program, and maintain a consistent and meaningful Peer support service, we are seeking Volunteers with capacity for:
- One off - 2 online virtual induction sessions (4hrs each)
- One off - 3 self-paced online modules (2hrs total)
- Ongoing- 1 hr Mentoring circle per month
- Ongoing - Request approx. 2 posts per week – mix of information / discussion starters
- Ongoing – assumed 1-2hr MeetUp per month
- Requirements: National Police Certification, Applications for Working with Children / Vulnerable Peoples checks (may require multiple applications given nature of national program)
- Make a significant impact by providing connection and support to those impacted by Epilepsy
- Personal & professional development opportunities through comprehensive training, induction and mentoring activities
- Gain a sense of purpose and fulfillment by helping others living with/impacted by epilepsy, as well as learning from others experiences
- A sense of belonging and connection to community, by meeting new people, building relationships and being part of a supportive network.
- Career benefits through networking, gaining insights and enhancing a resume demonstrating skills, commitment and willingness to contribute to community.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Volunteer Peer Support Facilitator with the Epilepsy Smart Australia Program, please fill in the below application form. Your lived experience and support can make a profound difference in the lives of those impacted by epilepsy.