Peer Support Facilitator for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Role Type: Regular
Based: All of Warrington
Categories: Supporting people
Does this opportunity include close supervision / mentoring?: Yes
Does this opportunity require independent working?: No
Is this opportunity suitable for someone looking to participate / first-time volunteer?: Yes

What would I be doing?

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide are looking for volunteers.
Have you been Bereaved by Suicide? Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide? Are you comfortable listening to the experiences of others?

They have self-help support groups across the UK, where you can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide and they want to establish a new group in Warrington.
Typically, 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 lookout 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.

What skills do I need?

Volunteers will be required to take part in the training course currently delivered virtually. Volunteers skills are often described as good listeners, empathic and caring.

About Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

We have grown to become the only national charity providing dedicated peer to peer support to those over the age

of 18 years who have been bereaved by suicide. We currently have approximately 200 volunteers across the UK who

help to run our services – and we continue to grow. Our volunteers, who come from all walks of life, have themselves been impacted by suicide and this shared experience and understanding enables them to connect with others. Each year in the UK, more than 6000 people take their own life – each suicide has a devastating and lasting impact on their families, friends and communities.

Recruitment and training details:

E-learning Induction and virtual facilitator training.
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Is a DBS required? No
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