Aware: Volunteer Support & Self Care Facilitator


Aware is the national organisation providing free support, education and information services to those impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions.

Location: Remote via Zoom or in-person in Dublin, Tralee, Waterford, Limerick, Cork, Galway


Aware volunteer Support and Self Care Group Facilitators are responsible for facilitating (leading) weekly Support and Self Care groups. The groups are for people who have experience of depression/anxiety, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions. The have an average of eight attendees and are facilitated by two volunteer facilitators who receive initial and ongoing training from Aware. All volunteers adhere to Aware’s ethos, policies and procedures.

Duties & Commitment:

  • To honour a six hour monthly commitment for a minimum of eighteen months.
  • To carry out the role as set out in the Aware Volunteer Agreement
  • Be empathetic and possess good communication skills, have an ability to take direction and possess enthusiasm and passion for the area of mental health and/or for the work of Aware.
  • Be respectful of others and understand the importance of being a supportive and flexible team player.
  • To attend all aspects of training, and to be committed and punctual when volunteering, facilitating within the Aware approach
  • Welcome people groups, open groups, co-facilitate the discussion with another volunteer of - on average - 8 participants
  • To encourage participants to share in a respectful and open manner in accordance with Awares ethos, policies and procedures and to engage in peer support
  • To facilitate the group discussion and report on attendance at groups 
    To provide feedback on sessions to the Service Manager where necessary and report any concerns in line with Aware policy
  • To participate in initial and ongoing training provided
  • To act at all times according to the guidelines and Code of Practice of Aware.

Essential requirements

  • Must over 25 years of age
  • Must be available for training online (various dates) and in person in September (21st & 22nd )
  • Fluent written & spoken English
  • Available to commit for approx. 18 months
  • Desktop PC /laptop
  • Reliable wi-fi
  • Familiar with Zoom
  • Passionate about mental health
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Quiet, private, location in your home
  • Willing to volunteer in the evenings/weekends when required
  • Resident in Ireland
  • Personable Skills

For more information on volunteering with Aware visit our website

You are very welcome to attend an Volunteer Information Session which provide an opportunity to learn a bit more about the role and ask questions before submitting an application. Upcoming online information sessions will take place on:
25 July 2024 @ 18.45 - Register to attend
22 August 2024 @ 19.00 - Register to attend

To apply to become an Aware Volunteer Support & Self Care Groups Facilitator click here and complete the online application process before 1st September 2024

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Region: Remote or Dublin, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Cork, Galway