Volunteering Opportunities

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 support service volunteer role description and inform yourself about Aware and its services prior to applying as this will be discussed in detail in the interview for each role. Please only apply for your preferred service.  If appropriate, you will be recommended to additional service opportunities during the recruitment process.

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Criteria for applying to volunteer with Aware Services.

At Aware we believe equality and diversity is a key part of our success in delivering services that are accessible and appropriate to all who could benefit from them. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures and walks of life.

  • Over 25 to volunteer with Aware Support Groups, Support Line and Support Mail
  • Over 23 to volunteer with Life Skills Online
  • Length of commitment 18 months minimum
  • Fluent English (both written and spoken)
  • 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.

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?

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? 
  • We are looking for a commitment of at least 18 months following training, are you free to commit to that? 
  • Why do you think commitment would be important to the people who use our services?

Benefits of volunteering with Aware

  • Full training provided
  • Ongoing support
  • Development of skill set
  • References provided upon completion of required period of service. Details re provision of references detailed in Section 4.5 of Aware’s Volunteer Policy.
  • Experience of working with a national organisation which strives for best practice and whose services are independently evaluated
  • Opportunities to progress with Aware

 

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