Volunteering with Aware can be a very worthwhile and rewarding opportunity to make a real and important difference in someone’s life. Over 450,000 people in Ireland experience depression at any one time and in severe and untreated cases, it can lead to suicide. The support services provided by Aware give people the opportunity to learn about their condition and develop management skills for dealing with it. But in order to keep doing this, we need your help.
Criteria for applying to volunteer with Aware Services.
- Over 23
- Length of commitment 18 months minimum.
- Fluent English
- Available 3 hours minimum a week
- Attendance at all induction training (max of 21 hours) and all observations
- Attendance at all ongoing training or meetings
- Two references & Garda clearance will be required once an applicant has been accepted for training. Download the Garda Vetting Form here.
Please view Aware’s Volunteer Statement of Commitment and consider this information carefully before you apply to volunteer with Aware support services. It is also essential that you read through the role description and inform yourself about Aware and its services prior to applying as this will be discussed in detail in the interview for this role. Please only apply for your preferred service. If appropriate you will be recommended to additional service opportunities during the recruitment process.
Aware Support Services
Volunteer recruitment is now open for our Dublin-based Support Line listening service currently supported Mon. – Sun. 10am to 10pm. To read more about what’s involved when you volunteer for the Support Line view our document Support Line Volunteer Role. Training will commence Monday, September 1st and continue for six consecutive Mondays through to October 6th.
Volunteer recruitment is now open for the role of Support Group Facilitator for Aware’s network of face-to-face depression support groups which take place weekly in locations nationwide. Each support group meeting is facilitated by two trained volunteers. Volunteer commitment involves initial training of approximately 21 hours with follow-up training workshops throughout the year. To read more about what’s involved when you volunteer as a facilitator for the face-to-face support groups view our document Support Group Facilitator Role description. Training will take place over two full days on September 13th & 14th at a Dublin city venue.
Things to consider when applying for a volunteer role with Aware services.
In the interests of your self care and acknowledging the commitment required for this role please check through this list and consider your availability to commit to the volunteering role before applying.
- Do you work full-time?
- Will taking on this role adversely affect your close relationships?
- Have you recently come through a trauma or bereavement?
- Will taking on this role adversely affect your day-to-day life?
- Do you find that you carry others’ concerns with you?
- Do you have your own transport or access to public transport?
- Do you volunteer in a similar role with another organisation?
- If you are applying for the Support Group Facilitator role, are you sure you are available on the day and time the meeting takes place in your preferred location?