Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities

Echo Peer Support Volunteer for Beat Eating Disorders

Role Type: Casual
Based: All of Warrington, North West, UK wide
Categories: Supporting people
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

What would I be doing?

Echo Peer Coaching is a free telephone support service that matches volunteers who have cared for someone with an eating disorder with other parent carers who are currently supporting someone through recovery.
Not having someone to talk to regularly about the challenges and frustrations of supporting someone with an eating disorder can be lonely and isolating, particularly if you're not able to discuss and share your feelings with family and friends. A friendly 30-minute chat on the phone once a week can make all the difference.

What skills do I need?

A personal experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder (as a parent, partner or sibling)
A passion to help others, prepared to share experience to help with this
The person who you have cared for needs to be in a sustained recovery. Beat suggests this means that person has been outside of all treatment for at least two years, and living a confident life in recovery
Agree and adhere to the Beat Volunteer Code of conduct

About Beat Eating Disorders

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Founded in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, our mission is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that ruin and, too often, take lives.
Our national Helpline exists to encourage and empower people to get help quickly, because we know the sooner someone starts treatment, the greater their chance of recovery. People can contact us online or by phone 365 days a year. We listen to them, help them to understand the illness, and support them to take positive steps towards recovery. We also support family and friends, equipping them with essential skills and advice, so they can help their loved ones recover whilst also looking after their own mental health. We campaign to increase knowledge among healthcare and other relevant professionals, and for better funding for high-quality treatment, so that when people are brave enough to take vital steps towards recovery, the right help is available to them.

Recruitment and training details:

If your application is progressed you will have an interview/induction to discuss the service, time commitment and training involved. If successful following your referees will be contacted. Then you will take part in Echo training. This consists of three two hour sessions via zoom. This will be with other volunteers, usually a group of 4 people. The training will also cover Janet Treasure’s Collaborative Care Skills; an evidence based method for supporting someone with an eating disorder. Training consists of key listening and coaching skills, setting boundaries and staying safe, self-care, enabling and accommodating the eating disorder, animal analogies, the GROW model and role play.

Is a DBS required? No
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