HUGG: Telephone Support Caller (Part Time)

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Posts Available: Part Time - 8 hours per week

Closing Date: 31st January 2023
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Subject: Telephone Support

Proposed Interview Date: Interviews will be held week commencing 6th February 2023

Base: Work remotely from home

Employer: HUGG – Healing Untold Grief Groups CLG

Organizational Area: Nationwide

Reporting Relationship: HUGG CEO

Purpose of Post

HUGG is committed to the development and delivery of peer support groups for any adult who has been bereaved or affected by suicide, right across Ireland. All of our HUGG groups are led by trained volunteers with a lived experience of suicide bereavement.

This goal is in line with the National Office for Suicide Prevention’s (NOSP) national strategy to reduce suicide in Ireland as identified in Connecting for Life 2021-2026 i.e. ‘To provide support for those bereaved by suicide’ .

We are seeking an individual, with a lived experience of suicide, to work with HUGG to provide initial telephone support to those contacting HUGG looking for suicide bereavement support. This person will have a hands-on approach and the capacity to work unsupervised and make decisions.

  • The post holder will be responsible for telephoning suicide bereaved individuals who have contacted HUGG looking for support.
  • They will provide information on HUGG’s services and allocate people to a HUGG support group and/or signpost the person to other bereavement support services if required.
  • They will contribute towards the continued development of HUGG’s support services for adults bereaved by suicide in Ireland.
  • Work under the direction of the HUGG Groups Manager.

Eligibility criteria and qualifications


The successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • A commitment to suicide bereavement support informed by a lived experience of suicide.


  • Experience of active involvement in the voluntary sector.
  • SafeTALK or ASIST training.
  • Grief, bereavement or suicide prevention training
  • Experience of telephone support

Other Requirements

  • Two appropriate references (past employer, work colleague, voluntary organisation, educator).
  • Willingness to train in specific programmes as relevant to the post

Skills, competencies and/or knowledge

Relevant knowledge

  • A understanding of suicide and grief education
  • An understanding of the role of suicide bereavement support


  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team
  • Capacity to work on own initiative and seek support as required
  • Good working knowledge of IT including the use of Microsfoft packages
  • Good working knowledge of a smart phone
  • Experience of a CRM system e.g. SalesForce (desirable)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work on own initiative

Communication and Interpersonal skills

  • Confident communicator and active listener
  • Empathic, compassionate and caring
  • Awareness of own personal boundaries and importance of selfcare.
  • The ability to interact professional manner with other staff and key stakeholders.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • To respond to all enquiries from people who wish to join a HUGG group, offering intial telephone support and assigning them to a HUGG group and/or signposting to additional support services.
  • Liasing with the Suicide Bereavment Liaison Service when dealing with direct referrals.
  • Informing HUGG Group Facilitators, HUGG Group Manager & Administrator of new group member allocation.
  • Monitor HUGG group attendance numbers to ensure HUGG groups maintain an intimate environment.
  • To recognise geographical areas that require a HUGG group.
  • To participate in a 1 hour online weekly staff meeting.
  • To maintain, monitor and store relevant information on enquirers in line with current legislation in a CRM system, in a timely and professional manner.
  • To provide feedback and information on all HUGG enquiries and outcomes as required.
  • Support the empowerment of the suicide bereaved and family members/supporters through their participation in HUGG group activities.
  • To work in accordance with all policy, procedures and guidelines of HUGG.
  • To participate in and provide input into Suicide Bereavement Improvement committees and initiatives as an Expert by Experience locally and nationally on occasion and as agreed.

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Competition specific selection process

Short listing will be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your curriculum vitae and letter of application at the closing date.

The criteria for short listing is based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and knowledge section of this job specification.

Remuneration: €8,240 per annum (8 hours per week)
Annual leave: 4 days
Probation: 6 month probationary period

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
24th Jan, 2023
Home Based / Remote
Expiry Date
31st Jan, 2023