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Volunteer with Aware in Waterford

The summer's nearly over. Sorry to be the one to actually say it, but it's true. But there's always something about September arriving that makes people want to do something - whether it's starting an evening course, joining a choir or a hill walking club.

Have you ever thought about using that spare time to try and help someone else? We got a phone call today from Aware saying they urgently need new volunteers in Waterford to help provide services and information to people with depression, bipolar disorder and related conditions. Could you be that person? Here's some information for you to read below:

'At Aware we believe equality and diversity are central to our success. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.

Volunteers are a valuable and vital resource without which Aware could not provide its services.  Volunteers are encouraged to get involved at all levels of the organisation. They bring a unique and valuable perspective that enrich the services we offer.

Things to consider when applying for a volunteer role with Aware services.

In the interests of your self care and acknowledging the commitment required for this role please check through this list and consider your availability to commit to the volunteering role before applying.

  • Have you got time to fulfil your commitment to this role?

  • Do you find that you carry others’ concerns with you?

  • Do you volunteer in a similar role with another organisation?

  • Have you recently come through a trauma or bereavement?

Questions that applicants can expect to be asked during phone interviews.
  • What do you know about Aware?

  • Can you tell me about the services Aware provides?

  • What is your understanding of depression and bipolar disorder?

  • Are you free to commit to a minimum of 18 months following training?

  • Why do you think your commitment is important to the people who use our services?

If you're interested in volunteering with Aware in Waterford, click on this link and follow the steps: https://www.aware.ie/volunteering/support-group-volunteers/

Here is what some of our volunteers have to say about their experience supporting the people in our communities who need Aware services...

"I think it's an immense privilege to volunteer for such a wonderful organisation and to see that the small part we play as facilitators can have such a huge transformative impact on people's lives." - Leona, Support Group Volunteer

"I volunteer because it is one of the most rewarding experiences as a facilitator to see week by week, within the group, the progress that is made. From the first time visit, where it took huge effort and courage to attend, to their knowing they are not alone and being able to encourage and give feedback to new members as the weeks go by. It is so rewarding to see this, and I leave there counting my blessings, we are all human and it's not always an easy thing to do." - Support Group Volunteer


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