Aware is a voluntary organization formed in 1985 by a group of interested patients, relatives and mental health professionals, whose aims are to assist that section of the population who are directly affected by depression.
Life Skills Online is a free online eight-module programme with an environment
designed to support clients tackling difficulties with low mood. It is specifically
aimed at individuals who are experiencing mild to moderate depression and is
based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy.
As a Life Skills Online Supporter, your role is one mainly of encouragement,
support and feedback. You are not expected to give advice or suggest solutions
to problems. Instead, you aim to encourage clients to stay engaged with the
programme and keep working through the content in as reflective a manner as
possible. In particular, you encourage clients to try the activity in each module. In carrying out this role each
supporter is trained to support all clients as outlined above while adhering to
Aware’s ethos, policies and procedures.
1. Volunteer commitment involves initial training of approximately 21 hours with follow-up training workshops throughout the year.
2. Full training will be given but a knowledge of CBT is a essential.
3. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who can commit to three hours each week and who wants to make a very real and positive difference in the lives of others.
4. Once trained the volunteer can work from home so a reliable broadband connection is essential.
5. Minimum commitment is 18 months.
To find out more about what’s involved please view our Life Skills Online section on our website.
How to Apply
See here for further information and online application form
What's required for this position
An Aware volunteer will be empathetic and possess good communication skills,
have an ability to take direction and possess enthusiasm and passion for the
area of mental health and/or for the work of Aware. The Aware volunteer must
be respectful of others and understand the importance of being a supportive and
flexible team player. They must be willing to make a long term commitment to
volunteering with Aware and to participate in mandatory ongoing training.
- Computer/ Web/ ICT
- Personable Skills
Level of English required for this role:
Times and commitment required for this role
Minimum time commitment: 2 years
Hours required: 3hrs Weekly
Location of volunteering opportunity:
Once training has been completed, you can volunteer from home.
Also available in these counties
Wicklow, Longford, Meath, Kildare, Cork, Galway, Clare, Mayo, Sligo, Limerick, Louth, Waterford, Monaghan, Carlow, Laois, Tipperary, Leitrim, Westmeath, Donegal, Kerry, Wexford
Screening details for this role:
- Formal Interview
- Garda Vetting
- Application Form
Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:
- Support/ advice/ recognition
- Initial induction and training
- Ongoing training opportunities
Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role
- Physical Disability
- Sensory Disability
- Mental Health Difficulties
Benefits you will receive as a volunteer
Free training, improved skill set & opportunity to contribute to the community. Opportunity to volunteer with a National Organisation. References provided upon completion of required period of service.