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Do you have other skills that you might want to share with PSS? We’d love to hear from you! Apply to become a PSS volunteer!

6 Types of Volunteers:

  1. Support Circle Facilitator
  2. Steering Committee
  3. Child-Minder
  4. Administrative Support
  5. Fundraising and Special Events
  6. Board Member

1. Support Circle Facilitators

Volunteer Facilitators are essential for the success of our Parent, Grandparent and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles. They provide a secure and regular space for parents and grandparents to express feelings and share the joys and challenges of raising children. This important volunteer position requires successful completion of the application and screening process, 20 hours of Initial Facilitator Training; attendance at additional skill-building workshops and seminars; participation in monthly or bi-monthly facilitator or Steering Committee meetings and the responsibility of facilitating an ongoing Support Circle. We look for a one year commitment of 5 hours or less per week, which includes facilitating a regular (weekly, biweekly or monthly) 2 hour Circle meeting, contacting new and ongoing members, promoting the Circle; attending facilitator meetings and taking care of other organizational and reporting details. Note: Applicants must undergo a Criminal Record Check.  Apply to become a Volunteer Facilitator!

We are currently seeking compassionate volunteers to co-facilitate our Parent English Circles in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Langley, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Delta, and Vancouver; Farsi, Cantonese, and Mandarin circles in Coquitlam; Filipino in Surrey; and Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin in Vancouver. We are also looking for volunteers to co-facilitate Circles in Port Alberni Parksville, and Victoria on Vancouver Island and Prince George in the North 

For our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circles we are looking for volunteers to co-facilitate our existing Circles in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Delta, Langley, and Chilliwack. Or who might be interested in starting a new Circle in Metro Vancouver or the Lower Mainland.

Initial Facilitator Training

PSS Initial Facilitator Training helps new volunteers to understand their role and strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate a Support Circle. PSS Initial Facilitator Training is also available to professionals who wish to hone their group facilitation skills and learn more about the PSS self-help and co-facilitation model. Our next facilitator training will be held October 21-23, 2016 in our office in Burnaby. Please check the initial volunteer facilitator training flyer.

PSS Initial Facilitator Training places an emphasis on:

  • Self-help and the co-facilitation model;
  • The stages of group development;
  • Effective communication;
  • Anti-oppressive practice; and
  • Information on child abuse prevention

PSS Initial Facilitator Training is held 2-3 times per year in the Lower Mainland, and twice a year on Vancouver Island and in Prince George. It usually takes place over one weekend, or is divided between two weekends, depending on participant and trainer schedules.

PSS Initial Facilitator Training is FREE to Parent Support Services Volunteers who have applied to facilitate a Parent, Grandparent or Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Support Circle in their community, and who have made a commitment to volunteer with PSS for at least one year.

For individuals and/or professionals from community agencies who are interested in participating in PSS Initial Facilitator Training Workshop for skill development, there is a fee of $350. The training fee includes a complete training manual, Facilitator's Handbook, lunches, and snacks.

For more information on becoming a Volunteer Facilitator, contact:

NEXT Vancouver Island training dates TBA

More info and application form.

Please Note:

Please take note that prior to facilitating a group or undertaking child minding duties, it is essential that you must undergo a criminal record check.  Every volunteer accepted to become a facilitator will then be matched with another co-facilitator and an existing Parent Support Circle.  Each volunteer accepted to become a volunteer child minding coordinator or assistant will be matched with a new or existing Parent Support Circle.

Volunteer facilitators are the heart of the Parent and Grandparent Support Circle Programs.  They provide a secure and regular place for parents and grandparents to express feelings and share the joys and challenges of raising children.  Volunteer child minding coordinators and assistants provide a secure and child-friendly place for the children of these parents to meet other children and to be cared for in a safe, fun, and secure environment while their parents and caregivers are attending a Support Circle.

2.  Steering Committee Member

Parent Support Services Society of BC has several different Steering Committees that provide assistance and support to our Support Circles and volunteer Facilitators. Steering Committees recruit potential volunteer Facilitators for PSS Support Circles, provide ongoing support and guidance to Facilitators, generate referrals to Support Circles, promote Support Circles and other PSS programs or projects to the general public and relevant agencies, and connect Facilitators and Circle members with training opportunities and other resources in the community.

Steering Committee members undergo an application and screening process, and if appointed to a Steering Committee, are provided with orientation by our Program Director or Coordinators. Committee members agree to attend monthly/bi-monthly meetings and take on the responsibilities of Chair or Co-Chair, Secretary, Facilitator Liaison and Promotion Coordinator. In the Lower Mainland PSS has a Chinese, Filipino and Spanish Steering Committee, and we are hoping to launch a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Committee this year. 

3.  Child-Minder

Many of our parenting Circles require Child-Minding Coordinators and Assistants to care for young children during meetings. These Child-Minders provide a secure and child-friendly place for children to meet new friends and to be cared for in a safe, fun, and secure environment while their parents and caregivers attend a Support Circle. Usually child-minders are assigned to a specific Circle so that they become a familiar person to the children and the parents.

Volunteer child-minders need to have prior experience plus formal or informal child care training. Child-minders must be in good health and free of any illness or condition that could prevent them from adequately fulfilling this important role. PSS looks for a commitment of approximately 2 hours weekly or bi-weekly, or to fill in for another child-minder on an emergency basis. An honorarium is provided to Child-minders where possible. We also often require Child-minders for our picnics, workshops, seminars and other special events. Note: Applicants must undergo a Criminal Record Check. Application form.

4. Administrative Support 

Administrative volunteers are important to the success of our entire organization. The administrative and office positions require attention to detail, flexibility and the ability to switch between tasks. Tasks may include reception, filing, data entry, organization, design, editing and more. We look for a commitment of at least 3-4 hours per week.

5. Fundraising and Special Events

Special events volunteers help make sure our additional activities succeed. Typical events include: public workshops, seminars, fundraisers and promotional activities or our GRG Annual Picnic. Volunteers help set up, take registration, hand out materials, serve snacks or lunch, and help clean up afterwards. Other “special events” volunteers might share their expertise on a parenting topic or act as advisors to a unique project. These volunteers would be needed for one or two days on an occasional basis. 

6.  Board Member

As a non-profit society, Parent Support Services Society of B.C. staff is governed by a Board of Directors made up of committed and experienced volunteers. If you would like explore becoming a Board Member please e-mail Carol Madsen, Executive Director, at cmadsen@parentsupportbc.ca and complete the volunteer application form.

We try to have regional representation on the Board as well as diverse backgrounds and skillsets. Applicants go through an application process, reference checks and screening interviews, as well as orientation once appointed to the Board. There is an expectation that all Board Members will join at least one Board Committee or task group such as: Finance; Promotion and Marketing; Fundraising; or Human Services.

We look forward to working with you in the future.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.