Support Group Facilitator Volunteer Opportunities

Support Group Facilitator Volunteer Opportunities

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.

If you are interested in volunteering at a locations listed in either the Eastern or Western area please complete the relevant online application form.

To apply for a support group facilitator position in the Eastern region ( Dublin, Wicklow & Wexford positions open only at this time) click on the Apply Now button directly below.

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To apply for a support group facilitator position in the Western region ( Donegal, Mayo, Clare, Galway, Westmeath & Kerry) click on the Apply Now button directly below.

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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
  • Practising counsellors and psychiatric nurses are not eligible to apply
  • Two references & Garda clearance

Please view Aware’s Volunteer Statement of Commitment and consider this information carefully belore you apply to volunteer with Aware support services.

It is 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.

Things to consider when applying for a volunteer role with Aware support services:

  • 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?

View other 2014 Aware volunteer opportunities

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4 Responses to “Support Group Facilitator Volunteer Opportunities”

  1. Sheila

    I saw your appeal for volunteers in church leaflet 12th Jan. Am retired, have some understanding of depression, would like further information re what is involved,suitability etc.

    • admin

      Hello Sheila, Thank you for your query. you can view all the relevant information about volunteer opportunities with Aware onour website on the page Please take a look and see if any of the roles appeal to you. Recruitment is still open for our email support service and our support group facilitator role in the Western region. Aware

    • admin

      Hello Shirley, thanks for your enquiry. Applications for volunteer opportunities on our support services closed last month and training of new volunteers has already started. The next phase of recruitment for the services will begin around July/August and will be announced on our website and social media channels. In the meantime, if you are based in Dublin, you might like to consider volunteering to help with our Harbour2Harbour Walk on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. All details and registration are here:


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