Firstly, well done on thinking about helping us get a new group off the ground. There are many ways to help us do this.
Whether its one of the planned sites or you have a new location in mind, make no mistake, you’ll be helping to save real lives and it beats sitting around and talking about how things should change. As Ghandi said, be the change you wish to see, so join us and help make that change in your part of the world. We’ll guide you along the way.
Maybe you want to set up and run a group. Maybe you can offer us a venue for others to run the group from. All help is much appreciated.
So, what does it take?
- First, make sure to let us know via our volunteer registration if you are (a) volunteering to start a new group as a facilitator or if you (b) have a venue that you’d be able to offer us for a new group.
- If you check our venue locations, you’ll see we have some in specific areas that we’d like to get started due to population needs – ideally, these are the ones that you’d help us get off the ground but we’ll consider anywhere that you’d be able to help us with.
- Find a venue, ideally free
- Local businesses with a meeting room or open meeting area is a common option, as is a church or community hall. At it’s simplest, we need a meeting area with chairs to accomodate up to 20 people in a circle.
- Most of our venues are available to us free of charge – a few are paid for but the groups usually raise the money locally to cover this from sources such as council grants or via donations from local businesses and people
- Consider travel to the venue – is it easy to find and easy to park at?
- Does the venue have kitchen and toilet facilities?
- You’ll appreciate that we can’t keep changing venues once the group is established, so try to find somewhere that is available for at least one year.
- PBB has group indemnity insurance to cover any damage at the venue so thats one thing you don’t need not worry about.
- You’ll need three trained facilitators
- This is to allow rostering, occasional nights off, facilitators occasionally taking a long break etc.
- If you’re putting yourself forward, you’ll need to find another two volunteers to start the group with.
- Volunteer facilitators need to commit to running the group each week between them for at least 12 months – so only put forward those that are prepared to do this come rain or shine.
- Unless we agree otherwise, the facilitators need to be peers, meaning they are mums (for mums groups) and dads (for dads groups) that have been through it themselves. And, ideally, the situation needs to have settled down or be at a mature stage for you to have the time and energy to focus on helping others.
- At least two of the three potential facilitators will need to attend another DIDs/MIDs meeting on a regular basis before being trained.
- Generally speaking, we’re looking for three months regular attendance for you to get a good sense of whats involved, and for us to assess how well you get along with the approach.
- If there is no physical weekly meeting near enough for you to attend, we can consider you attending one of our online groups as equivalent qualification.
- Once this is complete, you can be considered for training.
- When you have a venue and three potential facilitators, all exposed to and comfortable with the format, we can arrange training.
- Training can take place near your new group location or at a central location with others starting a new group elsewhere. In the event you need to travel, we can usually cover the costs of travel and accomodation, but some fund raising may be required.
- Once training is complete and you’re accredited, HQ helps arrange a launch date and we jointly promote the new group with you to help get it off the ground.
Drop us a line to discuss and to talk through any other questions.