Peer Support Facilitator
Have you been Bereaved by Suicide? Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide? Are comfortable listening to the experiences of others? You could be just the person we are looking for.
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 establish a number of new peer to peer support group in North Tyneside. 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.
There is no set structure to a session – people are free to talk and listen as they wish. The topics discussed vary from week to week but often includes people sharing their story, how they are feeling, what has happened since their last group visit, questions about coroners and discussions about common challenges such as flashbacks, supporting children or facing neighbours. Many groups also offer a small resource library and can share information about local sources of support.
About Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
We provide local peer to peer support groups for people over the age of 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.
We have a National helpline which operates 7 days per week from 9:00am to 9:00pm
We operate an email support line
We have a Virtual service for Men only called bereaveMENt
We also have a Punjabi speaking women’s group
What skills do I need?
All facilitators must have been bereaved by suicide at least 2 years previously and be over 18 years of age. Groups often have support roles for people who haven’t been bereaved such as publicity, social media and fundraising.
Full training will be given for this role.
This role is ideal for people who are good listeners and have a caring nature.
The location will be expected to offer disabled access
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Out of pocket expenses covered. Groups are issued with credit for costs of venue hire etc.
- Health and Safety Policy
In place, plus risk assessment of venues.
- Ongoing support
Mentoring. Support between facilitators, support from Volunteer Coordinator, external supervision costs covered if needed.
- Training provided
Half day role specific training plus additional training as it becomes available in the area from CVS etc
- Volunteer induction
5 module e-learning package
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Monthly. Venue to be decided depending upon volunteer interest. 3 volunteers minimum in each location.
Collingwood Health Group
Adult Learning Alliance
Meadow Well Connected NT
Healthwatch North Tyneside