Could you facilitate?
Are you a people person? Do you have an ear to lend? If you are able to commit to three hours per week, this might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.
Changes Bristol is recruiting volunteers to support the running of six new mental health peer support groups in South Bristol.
Facilitating is an extremely rewarding role in which you help to run our peer support meetings. With the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19, we need our facilitators to be able to create a safe and welcoming environment for groups, while also bearing in mind the health and safety procedures needed to keep everyone safe. We provide full training and supervision. After a full training you will be expected to commit approximately 3 hours of your time, the same time every week. We need volunteers to be dependable and committed when taking on the role.
As we operate from a model of peer support, we value lived experiences of mental health challenges, so while this is not a requirement for the role, it can be to your advantage when running the groups. We will also prioritise applications from people from South Bristol.
We are looking for volunteers to support the following groups:
- Ashton Vale on Mondays from 1-3pm
- Withywood on Tuesdays from 3-5pm
- Knowle on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30pm
- Bedminster on Wednesdays from 7-9pm
- Brislington on Thursdays from 1-3pm
The training for facilitators will run in person on 23rd and 30th January from 10am-4pm, and on 3rd Feb from 6-9pm. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory.
If you have availability at the above times and can reliably commit to facilitating the group, please fill out our application form and availability form (below) and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on 11th January 2021 (but please apply as soon as you can – we cannot train everyone that applies so there will be an informal phone interview).
We will process applications and conduct brief telephone interviews with those that meet our criteria ahead of the training.