SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR – we are looking to recruit a Facilitator


SLOW, a charity supporting bereaved families, is actively looking to recruit a Facilitator to move the organisation to its next level.


Currently based in Islington SLOW (Surviving the Loss of Your World) has offered emotional and practical support to bereaved families that have lost a child in any circumstances for over ten years. Our work is centred around regular support groups for bereaved parents and quarterly creative workshops for bereaved siblings. Since we began we have drawn on our own experience as bereaved parents and built a community that supports themselves and each other. Our unique approach to working with parents and siblings is highly regarded by our members and professionals and we have recently won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.


Purpose of role

To facilitate a new support group for bereaved parents in either South or West London and to provide additional facilitation for support groups based in Islington. You will also liaise with bereaved parent members, attend supervision and meetings. This is a self-employed, sessional role that will require travel to support group venues and work from home.


This role will require attendance at our support group venues in both Islington and a new location. Other duties will be carried out at home – the facilitator must have access to a computer and telephone. SLOW will pay direct expenses relating to the role (e.g. telephone, broadband, and stationery charges) and travel where agreed.


One day a week during school term time (39 weeks per year) @ approx £20 per hour with the potential for more hours.

Role description

SLOW is looking for an exceptional individual for this exciting role to:

  • Work with the founder, business development manager and trustees to help develop and deliver the vision and strategies of SLOW
  • Act as the lead facilitator for a new support group in a new location (the post holder will work with the business development manager to determine the new location, but based on current research this is likely to be in South or West London)
  • Provide backup facilitation in the absence of the lead Islington facilitator, whenever required, for the existing weekly daytime and monthly evening groups.
  • Attend debrief sessions, clinical supervision and write reports on group meetings
  • Provide direction to volunteers as required
  • Correspond with bereaved parents by telephone and email to guide them into the groups or signpost them to other services
  • Attend networking meetings and presentations of SLOW work as necessary
  • Attend regular team meetings with the founder and business development manager
Essential Experience
  • A bereaved parent or sibling, of at least 3 years
  • General counselling and listening skills
  • Commitment to SLOW’s open and reflective way of working with parents, embodying a kind and compassionate stance
Desirable Experience
  • Group facilitation experience in a formal setting – i.e. health, self-help, well- being etc.
  • Good telephone, IT and communication skills
  • An interest in the principles, literature and experiences of grieving for a child or sibling and a commitment to exploring how this can be used to help bereaved parents and families

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter of no more than two A4 pages describing your interest in, and suitability for, this role to

The deadline for applications is Friday 25th August 2017.

Click here to download a copy of this job description as pdf.

SLOW is a local bereavement charity and can provide support here in Islington and North London for anyone affected by the loss of a child or sibling.


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