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Peer Support Volunteer

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Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
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Ilkeston, England, United Kingdom
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Published 1 month ago
Peer Support Volunteer

Have you been Bereaved by Suicide?  Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide?  Are comfortable listening to the experiences of others? You could be just the person we are looking for.


We have self-help support groups across the UK (but we always need more) where you can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide and we want to enroll some new volunteers for our well established groups and also in areas where groups do not presently exist.  Typically, our groups meet once a month and last for around 2 hours.  Presently many groups are meeting virtually via Zoom but when regulations allow, they will return to Face to Face.  They provide an

opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others.


Each local SoBS group is run by a team of 3: the group leader and two group volunteers, all of whom have been bereaved by suicide themselves.  Between them, they facilitate the session, get the conversation started, make sure everyone has the opportunity to talk if they want to, and generally look out for people and each other.   The team also work together to manage the administration, fundraising and communication for the group, sometimes with the help of additional support volunteers.

There is no set structure to a session – people are free to talk and listen as they wish.  The topics discussed vary from week to week but often includes people sharing their story, how they are feeling, what has happened since their last group visit, questions about coroners and discussions

about common challenges such as flashbacks, supporting children or facing neighbours. Many groups also offer a small resource library and can share information about local sources of support.

Have you been Bereaved by Suicide?  Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide?  Are comfortable listening to the experiences of others? You could be just the person we are looking for.


We have self-help…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per month
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United Kingdom
Associated Location
Albert St, Ilkeston DE7, UK
Flamsteed Centre

Apply to This Volunteer Opportunity

Instructions:

Please apply via this site in the first instance. Sending a CV if you have one.

Please note all of our facilitators must have been bereaved by suicide at least 2 years previously and be aged 18 or above. Other support roles are available for those not bereaved.

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