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Áras Folláin Peer Support Centre Volunteer


Áras Folláin Peer Support Centre Volunteer

Áras Folláin Peer Support Centre and Mental Health Association


At a Glance

  • Start Date:21/03/2018
  • End Date:31/12/2018
  • Closing date:30/04/2019
  • Post Updated:21/03/2018
  • Min Hours:
  • Role Type:Listening

Requirements:See below


Information on Volunteering in Aras Follain
‘Never get tired of doing little things for others.Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart.’ Unknown
Aras Folláin is currently seeking to involve volunteers who can benefit both themselves and the centre. Building a connection within the local community, developing social networks, and maximising the additional skills of new volunteers can readily enhance the wellbeing of all.
Benefits to and value of volunteers
Aras Folláin is an all-inclusive centre, where all people are welcome. There is a friendly atmosphere, where many come together to chat, seek 1-1 or group support, and attend recovery focused training programmes such as Mind Your Mental Health, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Mindfullness and many otheres..
Áras Folláin is frequently used as a sanctuary for all who need to have a sense of belonging in times of their own difficulties and where we can all make a difference to the lives of others.                                                                     
There are many volunteer opportunities, to listen to and support others, and opportunities extended for ones’ own learning and personal development and to find support for one’s own wellbeing
What is asked of you? We ask volunteers to give us approx. 3- 4 hours a week working with another volunteer, in any of the many different volunteer roles within the centre. we also ask that volunteeers and peer supportors attend a monthly forum where one can meet other volutneers, receive updates on the center activities and support in one s role. 
Where?  At Áras Folláin, Tyone, Nenagh.
With whom?  Chat and talk with any visitor to the centre or train as a peer supportor and sit with a person 1-1
What qualities required? Confidentiality, good listening skills, non-judgemental, patience, friendly and chatty personality. A connection and understanding with one’s own story of recovery.
Our volunteer Policy is our foundation of a working relationship between Áras and its volunteers, and clarifies the expectations and gives guidance to both sides in relation to commitment, confidentiality, training, expenses, forums and co production.
Support and Training Volunteers will be expected to attend in full the volunteer 16 hours training, and can, if they wish, proceed to the Peer Support training. All volunteers are invited to attend WRAP and other training in the center. Attendance Certificates are given for all courses. We ask that volunteers also attend monthly a Volunteer Forum meeting. On-going Support and volunteer mentoring supervision is set up with the Volunteer Coordinator / Manager.
Volunteers are viewed as a valuable resource to Áras Folláin.

Volunteers shall be extended the right to:
• Be given meaningful assignments,
• The right to be treated as equal co-workers,
• The right to effective mentoring supervision,
• The right to full involvement and participation
• The right to recognition for work done.
• The right to training
In return, volunteers shall agree to actively perform their duties to the best of their abilities and to remain loyal to the values, goals and policies of Áras Folláin.
The selection system used by Áras Folláin includes, but is not limited to:

  • Have some involvement or awareness of the work the centre does
  • have an awareness of Peer Support 
  • Informal interview with Co-ordinator / Manager
  • Application Form
  • Reference checks
  • Garda Vetting

Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you have any questions or would like to pop in and see the centre please fee free to give me a ring, we would be delighted to meet you.

Wishing you well

Margo 085 8607856

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

Skills required for this role:

Volunteers will need personal skills:

  • Empathy
  • Ability to connect to ones own experiences
  • Ability to listen
  • Non-judgemental

As well as practical skills

  • timekeeping
  • IT skills 
  • Ability to work on ones own iniative or part of a group

Details of time commitment needed for role:

Minimum time commitment per week:
3 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Application form, interview, garda vetting and CV with references are required


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Margo O'Donnell-Roche

Address: Áras Folláin Peer Support Centre and Mental Health Association, Tyone, Nenagh, Co Tipperary


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