Support Group Facilitator for Aware’s network of face-to-face depression & bipolar support groups 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 apply for this, you need to be over 25 years of age.
It is essential before you apply that you:
- Read Aware’s Volunteer Statement of Commitment and consider it carefully
- Read through the support group volunteer role description
- Inform yourself about Aware and its services prior to applying, as this will be discussed in detail in the interview for each role
- Only apply for your preferred service. If appropriate, you will be recommended to a different service opportunity during the recruitment process.
At Aware we believe equality and diversity are central to our success in delivering services that are accessible and appropriate to all who can benefit from them. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.
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?
- Do you find that you carry others’ concerns with you?
- Do you have your own transport or access to public transport?
- Are you sure you are available on the day and time of your preferred group?
- Do you volunteer in a similar role with another organisation?
- Have you got time to fulfil your commitment to this role?
Questions that applicants can expect to be asked during phone interviews.
- What do you know about Aware?
- Can you tell me about the services Aware provides?
- What is your understanding of depression and bipolar disorder?
- Are you free to commit to a minimum of 18 months following training?
- Why do you think your commitment is important to the people who use our services?
Here is what some of our volunteers have to say about their experience supporting the people in our communities who need Aware services..."I think it's an immense privilege to volunteer for such a wonderful organisation and to see that the small part we play as facilitators can have such a huge transformative impact on people's lives."
Leona Conroy, Portlaoise Facilitator 2017"I volunteer because it is one of the most rewarding experiences as a facilitator to see week by week, within the group, the progress that is made. From the first time visit, where it took huge effort and courage to attend, to their knowing they are not alone and being able to encourage and give feedback to new members as the weeks go by. It is so rewarding to see this, and I leave there counting my blessings, we are all human and it's not always an easy thing to do."
Support Group Facilitator, 2017
Further information about Support Groups - what they are, where they are on, how they work and what to expect.