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Support & Self Care Group Volunteer

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To volunteer with Aware's Support & Self Care Groups, you must be:

  • Over 25 years of age
  • Available for three hours once a week
  • Available to make a commitment of 18 months
  • Fluent at written and spoken English
  • Comfortable speaking in a group setting
  • Comfortable navigating online platforms and have a reliable internet connection

Support & Self Care Group Volunteers offer a space where people can talk openly with peers, in a group setting and explore the helpful options available.

It is essential before you apply that you follow these steps:

  1. Inform yourself about Aware and its services, particularly Support & Self Care Groups
  2. Read through the support group volunteer role description
  3. Read Aware’s Volunteer Statement of Commitment and consider it carefully
  4. Only apply for your preferred service. If appropriate, you will be recommended to a different service opportunity during the recruitment process.
  5. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures. Read Aware’s equality and diversity policy.
  6. Volunteers are a valuable and vital resource without which Aware could not provide its services. Read Aware’s volunteer policy.

After reading through what is involved, would you like to volunteer for Aware?

In particular, we are seeking volunteers who live in:

  • Cork
  • Dublin
  • Galway
  • Kerry
  • Limerick
  • Waterford

The application form outlines the specific dates for this phase of training. Please only apply if you know you are in a position to attend all training dates.

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Things to consider when applying to volunteer for Aware

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?

"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 & Self Care 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 & Self Care Group Volunteer

If you’re interested in volunteering and have any additional queries, please contact Emma

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