Men's Group Facilitator
"It is unbearable to not be seen, not be heard, to have nothing to do and nowhere to go." 'Danny', a local St Kilda man suffering from social isolation
In January 2020, First Step will be partnering with Christ Church St Kilda ( https://www.christchurchstkilda.org.au/community-centre ) to run a two-hours Men's Group ('The Group') each week. The purpose of the Group is to give men of any age living in the area an accessible and casual meeting place for social support, community connection, discussion and learning. This is a secular, non-therapeutic group aimed at fostering a sense of belonging, of being valued, of continuing education and of having a purpose. Attendance is on a casual basis (no commitment required, no fees of course) and the ideal group size is approximately 10 people any given week.
Each session of two hours will be a combination of structured presentation/discussion (prepared and led by the facilitator) and non-structured time. The structured component will be determined and developed by the facilitator yet must be informed by and relevant to the needs of the group. Father Turi Hollis created this group based on the needs expressed to him by men living in the area, and the group has been running without a paid facilitator for several months. Father Turi will have ongoing involvement with the Group, as manager of the facilitator, and as a support person to the facilitator during the sessions.
The Group will generally meet at Christ Church St Kilda's purpose-built Community Centre (Acland St, St Kilda), with appropriate excursions (local cafe, art gallery, physical activity etc) forming a regular part of the program. The Group currently meets on Tuesdays from 3-5pm, but that could be flexible to the needs of the successful candidate.
The role is a casual position for 12 months funded by the E.H.Flack Charitable Trust and the attached position description has more detailed information. Please note that interested job seekers with a variety of experience in mental health and/or group facilitation are encouraged to apply, and that the rate of pay will be determined by the industry standard based on the experience and qualifications of the applicant. This means that the exact number of hours (minimum 2 hours Group and 2 hours preparation time) is yet to be determined and will be influenced by the hourly rate of pay relative to the grant. The selection panel is interested to hear from early, mid and late career professionals who are motivated to work with this group and have relevant experience with and insights from working with men in group (preferable) or individual settings. A knowledge of community and other services in the local area will be viewed favourably to facilitate referrals to local services as required.
The deadline for applications is January 10. Please note that no correspondence will be received between December 20 and January 6, so questions will only be answered before or after that date range.