Ability to obtain Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Blue Care Card.
Must have completed the Paradise Kids Volunteer Buddy Training with a Focus on Children and Grief provided by Hopewell Education Services (funded by particiapant). Complete WHS and Fire Safety Training (funded by Paradise Kids).
The Paradise Kids ‘buddy’ role is to support children to explore, understand, and express safely their feelings about their loss. Our team 'pairs up' a suitable buddy with each child attending the programs. Our program uses a mixture of story, art, music, meditation, discussion, movement, guided imagery, and breathing to learn stress reduction exercises. As a buddy you will always be working in a group setting with the child. Paradise Kids provides grief and loss training at your cost and the required blue card checks for our buddies free of charge. This helps ensure the quality of service and duty of care to those families entrusting us with their child whilst participating in our programs.
Pre-program Team Meetings and Resources
Each program has its own team (session leader, buddies and adult facilitator) who work with the children and their caregiver. Each team meets a week prior to the start of the children’s programs to discuss the program and the different roles within the team so that we are prepared when the program starts. As a buddy you are required to be available to attend the team meetings and the briefing/de-briefing sessions before and after each Paradise Kids Program you are a buddy in.
If you are interested in working as a PK Buddy please read through our PK BUDDY Role Description and assess what commitment you are able to make. The process to becoming a buddy takes time. You will first be asked to meet with our volunteer coordinator, Liza Moore for an informal discussion, then undertake all mandatory training and checks.
About Grief & Loss Buddy Training
Paradise Kids is truly grateful for the amazing support our buddies provide each child attending our programs, we could not 'help heal the heartache' without them. We value the commitment, compassion and zeal they bring to our programs each week. Buddies, for our latest term dates and times please refer to our PK Buddies Calendar. If you are already registered with us as a PK buddy and would like to participate as a buddy any time this year please fill out and return the PK Buddy Sign Up Sheet.
Phone: (07) 5574 6853
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