Apply to become a trained Aware volunteer this International Volunteer Day
To mark International Volunteer Day, Monday 5th December, Aware is encouraging people who want to use their free time to make a difference in other people’s lives and also develop skills and contacts, to apply now to become a trained Aware volunteer. The national organisation provides key support, information and education services to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder. Information about the range of volunteer roles, as well as the online application form, is available now here with interviews scheduled for January 2017, and training to begin in February.
Bríd O’Meara, Director of Services with Aware says that this is a real opportunity for people who are looking to do something different in their life:
“Aware provides initial and ongoing training for all of its volunteers and last year, the organisation was awarded the Investing in Volunteers Standard after a rigorous evaluation process. Volunteering with Aware is a great opportunity for people to enhance existing skills and develop new ones, as well as an opportunity to meet new people. Volunteering requires commitment and can be challenging at times, but there is no doubt that for the right person, it brings a huge amount of personal satisfaction.
“Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of volunteering is the knowledge that you are making what can be a profound difference in the life of another human being. Depression can be a corrosive illness and impacts self-esteem, relationships, work, and enjoyment of life. People who have used Aware’s services regularly contact us to tell us that the support received has changed their life, and in many cases, has saved their life. It is a real privilege to be a part of something so vital.”
Aware offers a range of supports which are facilitated by trained volunteers, including Support Groups in 38 locations nationwide; a Freephone Support Line open 365 days a year; Support Mail service, and a Life Skills Online programme where volunteers support a participant on an eight week programme based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Some services offer the opportunity to volunteer remotely (from home).
“Thank you Aware. Keep rolling out [these services]. There are many people in need and we just need a little guidance, somewhere to go and know that we can get help, time and support.” – Aware service user