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 to establish a new group in Oldham. 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.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Monthly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

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.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

There are no specific skills required however, most applicants describe themselves as a good listener.

Areas of Interest: Addiction, Crisis Support, Health and wellbeing, LGBT, Men, Mental Health, Older people, Social Welfare, Veterans and Armed Forces, Women
Opportunity suitable for: Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, With friends, Other
What activities will the volunteer do? Fundraising, Management, Social media, Support Work, Virtual Volunteering
Skills gained in this role: Leadership, Listening, Managing people, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: No
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Organisation Profile: Our mission is to provide free peer support to adults bereaved by suicide in a timely and open-ended manner. Our vision is that no one bereaved by suicide has to face their loss alone.
Charity number: 1098815