This is an established charity with support groups in Fife, Glasgow and Perth. In Fife they run two groups on the same evening, one for sufferers over 18, and the other for families and carers. These groups are confidential, supportive, informal, friendly, caring and respect privacy.
The volunteers need to be good listeners and able of offer support and encouragement in a non-judgemental manner. A good knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with mental health issues, particularly eating disorders would be advantageous although no prior experience of eating disorders or being a facilitator is necessary as a comprehensive training package is provided. Volunteers will be supported in their role by experienced people who are knowledgeable about eating disorders.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders. This is therefore a valuable opportunity to make a significant difference to people's lives by helping sufferers and their families.
no upper age limit has been specified
Successful applicants will receive induction training outlining the criteria for the role. Group Facilitators will receive a full day’s training which will be arranged annually. All volunteers will receive ongoing help and support.
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - Reimbursement of travel expenses will be made. Either public transport costs or mileage rates where applicable. Mileage rates will be paid in accordance with HMRC. At present this is 45p per mile.
The volunteers need to be good listeners and able to offer support and encouragement in a non-judgemental manner.
A good knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with mental health issues, particularly eating disorders would be advantageous.
Restrictions on who can volunteer
If the volunteer has previously had an eating disorder they must have been fully recovered for at least 2 years before they take on this role.
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