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Facilitator for the OCEANS Grief and Loss programme


Anglican Family Care


Youth & Children





Anglican Family Care has been running this programme in Oamaru since 2016. The programme is for children and young people. The OCEANS Grief and Loss Programme is based on one of the latest therapeutic models of loss and grief.

The programme offers the chance for people who are missing someone in their lives to:

  • Share and learn from others in the group who have experienced a similar loss
  • Experience and learn from the programme activities how to cope with loss and change in their lives
  • Be supported by caring and trained facilitators who are experienced in delivering the OCEANS programme

Who comes to the OCEANS programme? Any person who:

  • Is experiencing the pain of loss or separation from someone they love
  • Has had a parent or someone significant in their life die
  • Is missing someone in their family through divorce or separation
  • Who has lost a really important friend through death or family separation
  • Who has lost someone they loved but never really mourned
  • Who is living with a foster family and misses their birth parent/s

OCEANS is a 9-week programme that helps participants develop tools to cope with grief resulting from difficult changes or loss in their life.

Volunteers help to:

  • Set up the venue
  • Provide support by working alongside another facilitator to deliver the programme
  • Ensure that caregivers sign children in and out of each session


  • Volunteers need to complete a 2-day training workshop based around grief and communication skills
  • Need an ability to relate to children, young people and adults, be able to express and deal with their own feelings, and be aware of the importance of confidentiality

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • First complete a 2 day training workshop
  • Able to volunteer for 2 hours per week for periods of 9 weeks at a time ( ½ hour set up, 1-hour programme, ½ hour pack down and debrief)

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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