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Peer Support Volunteer

Peer Support Volunteer
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Description of the role:

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? 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 enrol some new volunteers to establish new groups in Harrogate other areas of North Yorkshire. 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.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

No specific skills are required however the facilitators of the meeting must be over 18 and have been bereaved by suicide at least 2 years ago. Our volunteers are generally described as good listeners. Full training is given for the role.

Practical information:

Groups generally meet for 2 hours, once per month. There will also be a small amount of administration during the month, probably 2 -3 hours across the whole month. As these are new groups the actual meeting place, day and time will be decided by the volunteers. Emails are generally answered within 24 hours but please check your spam or add phill.abbiss@uksobs.org to your safe list.


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Additional Information
DBS check needed: No
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Address
The Flamsteed Centre
Albert Street
Ilkeston
Derbyshire
DE7 5GU
Last updated: 10.08.2021
Organisation Information

We are the only organisation offering peer-to-peer support to all those over the age of 18, impacted by suicide loss in the UK. We help those bereaved by suicide to support each other, at the time of their loss and in the months and years that follow. We are a self-help organisation and we provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. We also strive to improve public awareness and maintain contacts with many other statutory and voluntary organisations.

We offer peer led support groups, online virtual support groups, a national telephone helpline, online community forum and email support. We offer a unique and distinct service for bereaved adults across the UK, run by the bereaved for the bereaved. Suicide recognises no social, ethnic or cultural boundaries and neither do we. Our helpline and groups are open to all survivors of bereavement by suicide aged 18 years and over.

Charity number: 1098815