If you wish to volunter with Aware's Support Groups, you must be:
- Over 25 years of age
- Available for three hours once a week
- Fluent at written and spoken English
- Comfortable speaking in a group setting
It is essential before you apply that you follow these steps:
- Inform yourself about Aware and its services, particularly Support Groups
- Read through the support group volunteer role description
- Read Aware’s Volunteer Statement of Commitment and consider it carefully
- 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. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures. Read Aware's equality and diversity policy.
Volunteers are a valuable and vital resource without which Aware could not provide its services. Volunteers are encouraged to get involved at all levels of the organisation. They bring a unique and valuable perspective that enrich the services we offer. Read Aware's volunteer policy.
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.
- Have you got time to fulfil your commitment to this role?
- Do you find that you carry others’ concerns with you?
- Do you volunteer in a similar role with another organisation?
- Have you recently come through a trauma or bereavement?
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, Support Group Volunteer
"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 Volunteer
If you're interested in volunteering and have any additional queries, please talk to Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01 237 4926.