Volunteers are really important to AWARE and work alongside staff in a variety of crucial roles. At present the organisation has more than 70 volunteers regularly involved in our work. We want to continue to expand and develop the services we provide to those with depression but to do this, we need more volunteers – people like you. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch our video on volunteering.
Our volunteers are of all ages and from all walks of life. Some have experienced depression first-hand or cared for a family member.
Others have no personal experience but have appropriate skills, knowledge and personal qualities and are interested in helping others.
As you will see below, we have a variety of different volunteer roles and the time commitment required varies from role to role. Some roles also require volunteers to undergo training before they can start but no previous qualifications are essential for any role. Some volunteers work directly with those affected by depression, others help in the office or with fundraising activities.
The benefits of volunteering with AWARE include the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. A wide range of training is available to our volunteers as well as the chance to make a difference for those affected by depressive illness.
It is possible to volunteer for more than one role.
Volunteers usually work in pairs at one of our 22 support groups throughout Northern Ireland. This role involves facilitating the meeting, providing appropriate information and distributing literature. Most of our support groups meet in the evenings and therefore requires regular time commitment. All Support Group facilitators are fully trained and act as ambassadors of AWARE.
This role involves providing information at health fairs and other local events in conjunction with distributing information to GP surgeries, chemists and other suitable local establishments. The hours for this role are flexible, although availability during normal office hours would be helpful.
AWARE is committed to providing help for all those in Northern Ireland affected by depressive illness and wishes to see all sections of the community represented among our volunteers.