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

We have volunteering opportunities for Co-facilitators across the country. In particular, we're currently looking for Co-facilitators in Birmingham, Bournemouth/Poole, Cambridge, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Chesterfield, Havering, Norwich, Nottingham, Pontypridd, Portsmouth, Slough, South Cheshire, Sunderland, Wigan and Yeovil.

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.

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
  • Attendance at relevant co-facilitator training
  • Communications regularly with the Bipolar UK Development team

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).
  • 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.

Find out more and download the role description.

Download and complete our application form for volunteering. When completed, send your application form to groupdevelopment@bipolaruk.org.