Canadian Cancer Society (Volunteer Peer Health Coach)

Organization Name: Canadian Cancer Society
Opportunity Title: Volunteer Peer Health Coach
Category: Counselling / Support / Mentoring
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: April 27, 2000
End Date: April 27, 2022

Email: sandra.mcdonald@cancer.ca
Website: http://www.cancer.ca
Details:
  • Background/police check required
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
  • Training or orientation required
Opportunity Description:

Do you want to help prevent cancer by effecting widespread behavior change in women in your community? Get trained and become a certified volunteer peer health coach today! The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for passionate women who have experience in setting health goals to volunteer their time as certified peer health coaches with the BETTER Women program in Barrie, Simcoe County and the surrounding area. BETTER Women is a research program that goes beyond cancer to help women aged 40-65 reduce their risk of chronic disease by creating and achieving health goals. Activities such as getting screened, moving more, healthy eating, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol intake can reduce a person’s risk of getting cancer and other chronic diseases. Volunteer peer health coaches will provide regular support to women so they can reach and maintain their health goals. The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for passionate women who have experience in setting health goals to volunteer their time as certified peer health coaches with the BETTER Women program in Barrie, Simcoe County and the surrounding area. Although much of the work is done independently, the volunteer peer health coaches will be a part of a team supporting patients at the Barrie Community and Family Health Team  and work together, with staff partners to provide ongoing feedback into the development of the program. BETTER Women is a health promotion and chronic disease prevention program for women aged 40-65 in which participants will be encouraged to set health and screening goals to reduce their risk of chronic disease. Volunteer peer health coaches will provide regular support to women so they can reach and maintain their health goals by offering ongoing 1-on-1 support to participants. The program is part of an evaluation to assess the effectiveness of peer health coach intervention. WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR Volunteer peer health coaches can relate to the group of women being supported through BETTER Women because of their own lived experiences and backgrounds. To become a volunteer peer health coach, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: – You identify as a woman and are between the ages of 40-65. – You understand these challenges and have had success in meeting their own health goals, whether through healthier eating, walking more, quitting smoking, or cutting back and reducing alcohol consumption. – You can communicate effectively and through a variety of platforms (phone, email, text, or video conference) and have basic computer skills. –  You can connect well with a variety of people and develop meaningful relationships based on trust and strong listening skills. – You must be willing to complete a 24-hour comprehensive training program. –  You have strong organizational skills to track conversations and report on the successes patients have. OUR INVESTMENT As an organization we will provide you with: • Comprehensive training to become a BETTER Women volunteer peer health coach. • Online resources and a volunteer peer health coach toolkit. • A designated Canadian Cancer Society staff member who will provide ongoing support. • Regular meetings with other volunteer peer health coaches to build a strong community of practice. YOUR COMMITMENT • We are asking for a 1-2-year commitment of 3-4 hours per week due to the relationship-based nature of this role. The role can accommodate vacations. • You have a willingness to be a part of a research study, contributing to project evaluation. Disclaimer: Volunteer peer health coaching is not counselling. They are not medical professionals and do not diagnose or prescribe nutrition, disease, or physical fitness. They are volunteers who are trained in motivational interviewing and work with participants to uncover their own goals and motivation for change. Part-time hours: 3 – 4 per week  

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