Peer Support Facilitator

Have you been Bereaved by Suicide? Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide? If you are a superb organiser, great communicator and are comfortable listening to the experiences of others, then you could be just the person we are looking for.

We have self-help support groups across the UK, where you can meet with other people who have been bereaved by suicide and we want establish a new group in Stockton / Middlesbrough. 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.

Department

Peer support group in the Stockton / Middlesbrough area.

Responsibilities

Assisting with the facilitation of peer support meetings, welcoming people as they arrive, settling them in to the meeting, facilitating the conversation and giving support where needed.  Supporting the other groups facilitators with administration, answering the group mobile phone and checking emails.  Advertising the group to local professionals and raising the awareness of the charity.  Some fundraising.

Knowledge & Skills

All volunteers will receive a full induction and training.  Some general IT skills would be an advantage.

Personal Qualities

All facilitators must have been bereaved by by suicide themselves not less than 2 years ago and must be at least 18 years of age.  Those not bereaved may assist a group in a support role.

General Requirements

Normally groups meet once per month in the evening.  Most groups are meeting virtually via zoom until face to face meetings can return.

DBS is not required.  Volunteers must complete an application form and supply 2 references.

An informal discussion will take place with the Volunteer Coordinator for the area.

Full induction and Role specific training completed prior to taking up the role.

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