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CLASS - Befriending Volunteer

Family Carers Ireland - Sligo branch

About Family Carers Ireland - Sligo branch

To provide support, training, info and respite for family carer's.

What's Involved

Are you a good listener? Can you give one hour a week? Volunteers will be trained to provide one to one peer support to Relatives, Friends or Family Carers who are currently caring for someone with mental health difficulties. Volunteers will be matched with 1 Family Carer and will provide support mainly by telephone on a weekly basis for no more than 1 hour per week. Volunteers are encouraged to meet with the Family Carer occasionally in a safe and neutral place for a cup of tea, to go for a walk, etc.

What's required for this position

Volunteers who have experience of supporting or caring for a family member, relative or friend with mental health difficulties is valuable but not essential for this role. Empathy and the ability to actively listen is crucial, as well as a genuine desire to reach out to a Carer who needs emotional support.

  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Personable Skills
  • Phone Support/ Information Giver

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 year

Hours required: 1hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Volunteers can provide telephone support in any location that is convenient for them. Volunteers are also encouraged to meet with the Family Carer occasionally in a safe and neutral place for a cup of tea, to go for a walk, etc

Other location details:
Volunteers will be matched with a Carer within their area (Sligo, Leitrim or South Donegal)

Also available in these counties
Donegal, Leitrim

Screening details for this role:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Informal Interviews
  • References
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Age restrictions:
Over 21

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Helping a Family Carer by providing emotional support and a listening ear will give Volunteers more experience and insight on the role of caring within mental health and enhance their interpersonal skills.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Contact person: Jane Ó Fiannachta
  • Organisation: Family Carers Ireland - Sligo branch
  • Email:
  • Phone: 0868188716
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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