Support and empower people affected by bipolar, by co-facilitating a regular peer-support group.

We have volunteering opportunities for Co-facilitators across England and Northern Ireland.

In particular, we're currently looking for Co-facilitators in:

  • Airedale (Keighley)
  • Bath
  • Bedford
  • Borough
  • Bridgend
  • Burton upon Trent
  • Coleraine
  • Derby
  • Dorchester
  • Dolgellau
  • Exeter
  • Harlow
  • Leamington Spa
  • Liverpool
  • Milton Keynes
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Penzance
  • Pontypridd
  • Southend on Sea
  • Stockton
  • Tenby
  • Wansbeck
  • Wigston
  • Worcester
  • Wrexham

Co-facilitators volunteer within a small team to ensure people attending Support Groups can share experiences and support each other. Facilitation is about enabling a group of people to have an inclusive discussion.

Please note: Attendance at one of our support groups is necessary before applying for the role. 

What does the role involve?

  • Supporting and co-facilitating a regular Bipolar UK Support Group through listening, empathy and shared experience.
  • Regular attendance at the group. The majority of Bipolar UK groups meet monthly.
  • Compliance with Bipolar UK policies and procedures, as described in the Support Group manual, including guidelines on confidentiality and boundaries.
  • Ensuring group paperwork is up to date.
  • Reporting attendance and topics discussed to Bipolar UK.
  • Attendance at relevant co-facilitator training.
  • Communicating regularly with the Bipolar UK Support Groups team.
  • Communicating with group members through email.

Benefits of volunteering as a Co-Facilitator:

  • Using your skills and experience to help others affected by bipolar.
  • Being part of a team.
  • Developing your confidence.
  • Increasing your knowledge of living with and managing bipolar.
  • Developing organisational and facilitation skills.

We are looking for volunteers who have:

  • Personal experience of bipolar (e.g. have a diagnosis of bipolar or you're a family member or friend).
  • Attended at least one support group meeting.
  • Empathy and understanding of the needs of others.
  • Good active listening, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Awareness of their own wellbeing and are able to seek support when needed.
  • The ability to volunteer in a team.
  • Commitment to the principles and values of Bipolar UK and Bipolar UK Support Groups.

Next steps:

  1. Find out more and download the role description.
  2. Download and complete our application form for volunteering.
  3. Send your completed application form to [email protected].

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