Peer Support Facilitator
Hosted by: Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Have you been Bereaved by Suicide? Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide?

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 recruit additional volunteers to compliment those we already have in order to establish a new group in Barnsley. 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 who are not themselves bereaved.

Days required: Mon EVE, Tues EVE, Weds EVE, Thur EVE, Fri EVE

How many volunteers are needed:


Recruitment process:

Volunteers will initially complete an application form with 2 references. Once the referees have returned the reference the application will be discussed by the volunteer managers. The relevant volunteer manager will then have an informal chat with the volunteer before putting the application before the trustees. Once approved the volunteer will be sent links to online training and once that is completed, they will be invited to the 1/2 day facilitator training course. Once completed they will be introduced to the other members of the team and can commence support for other Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide. Generally this will take around 3 months depending on timings of meeting / training etc

Skills and quaifications:

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.

Good listening skill, basic IT and organisational skills.

All volunteers must be 18 years of age or over and have been bereaved by suicide at least 2 years ago.

Gender restrictions?: No
Type of activity: Administration, Advice work, Befriending and buddying, Finance Work