Volunteers Needed: Muslim Youth Needed For Islam Care Centre's Care Circles Mental Health Support ProgramWritten by Islam Care Centre
Islam Care Centre is currently recruiting and training a youth peer education volunteer group for our internally developed Mental Health Support Program, Care Circles.
Care Circles is a welcoming safe space for youth from all cultural and religious backgrounds to discuss whatever is on their minds without judgment with people who care. The weekly youth drop-in support group is facilitated by trained counsellors, staff, and volunteers.
Various activities will be incorporated into the session to help facilitate the sessions and youth will be given practical tools so they can combat those issues within themselves and within their community. Weekly sessions may cover topics such as bullying, suicide, depression, body image/disordered eating, anxiety, self esteem, toxic relationships, addictions, discrimination, etc.
Peer Support Volunteers will provide youth with non-professional support that is rooted in their shared experience. They will be accessible, welcoming, accommodating to their peers, and will provide a safe space. Volunteers are expected to assist trained counsellors and staff with facilitating the support circles. Volunteers will also be assigned secondary tasks regarding the logistics, finance, and marketing related to the support groups. Training and orientation will be provided.
Why should you volunteer?
exposure to topics within mental health
invaluable experience for those who wish to pursue a career in psychology, counselling, and education
develop supportive listening skills
meaningful contribution to community mental health
giving back or offering something you wish you had as a youth
Ability to work with a diverse range of youth in a non-judgmental manner
Ability to work both independently and as a team member
Knowledge of youth development and mental health issues
Good listening and communication skills
A willingness to work within the philosophy of the Islam Care Centre
Excellent grasp of verbal and written English is a must, while French is a primary asset. Other languages are also secondary assets.
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