Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders and volunteering with us is therefore a valuable opportunity. You can be an active part in making a significant difference to people’s lives by helping those with an eating disorder and their carers to discuss their feelings and concerns, to provide information and support and to look towards a more positive future. We offer a variety of volunteering opportunities!

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Group Facilitator


Requirements:

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. Volunteers who have previously had an eating disorder, must have been fully recovered for at least two years before taking on this role. We are specifically looking for the ability to:

  • Prepare for the session and be comfortable with technology for online meetings
  • Clear communication skills
  • Active listening
  • The ability to challenge constructively or sensitively when needed
  • Ability to give everyone the opportunity to have a voice
  • Good timekeeping

What’s In It For You:

Being part of a supportive, informal and friendly group of fellow volunteers and like-minded people. Foundation and on-going training to develop your skills as a group facilitator and understanding of eating disorders. Regular support and supervision.

Why We Want You:

By helping people suffering from an eating disorder and their families to discuss their feelings and concerns you can help them to look towards a more positive future. If you are a caring and empathetic person who can help those attending to feel less isolated, more understood, cared for, listened to and supported we would value your contribution to our team.

Where: Online Presently/Various locations throughout Scotland

When: Various Weekday Evenings/Times throughout Month

Commitment: Facilitation of at least one group per month for 1 year duration

Duration: 2 hours per session (sessions are currently running from 7-8.30pm with a preparation call between the 2 facilitators taking place from 6.30pm).

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Befrienders


Requirements:

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. Volunteers who have previously had an eating disorder, must have been fully recovered for at least two years before taking on this role. We are specifically looking for your ability to be:

  • Open and honest – people others can relate to
  • Articulate, with a good telephone manner and able to communicate in a warm and welcoming way
  • Able to show evidence of genuine trust and hope for the future
  • Good listeners and encourage people to share; it is more important to hear their story than to share your own
  • Patience – don’t hurry people onto the next stage of their journey
  • Committed to attending regular training when required

What’s In It For You:

Being part of a supportive, informal and friendly group of fellow volunteers and like-minded people.  Foundation and on-going training to develop your skills as a befriender and understanding of eating disorders.  Regular support and supervision.

Why We Want You:

By helping people suffering from an eating disorder and their families to discuss their feelings and concerns you can help them to look towards a more positive future. If you are a caring and empathetic person who can help those we support to feel less isolated, more understood, cared for, listened to and supported we would value your contribution to our team. 

Where: By telephone – supporting people across Scotland

When: A mutually agreed time between you and your Befriendee

Commitment: 1 year

Duration: 1 hour a week

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Trustee


Requirements:

  • An interest in improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Willingness to help people and carers with the challenges faced in handling an eating disorder
  • Skillset and experience relevant to joining a Board and contributing to the work of the Charity

What’s In It For You:

  • An excellent opportunity to offer support and applying your skills and experience
  • A chance to join a dynamic Board of Trustees who support the aims of the organisation and work together to help it achieve its vision 
  • Knowledge that you are contributing to the Community and people who benefit from our services
  • Growing your own skills and learning from the work we do together

Why We Want You:

  • We need a strong Board of Trustees
  • We need a range of backgrounds, skills and experience
  • We appreciate having a diverse mix of people with enthusiasm who are keen to work together
  • We need people who can help the organisation deliver its services and support to those who need it

Where: Virtually at the moment and then likely to be Perth or Fife if face to face

When: Monthly and reducing to bi-monthly or quarterly as required

Commitment: Attendance at Board Meetings and then flexible according to individual circumstances and interest and ability to contribute

Duration: Flexible and reviewed periodically in line with Governance

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Social Media Volunteer


Requirements:

Volunteers need to be able to effectively manage and create the content for the active social media channels. Ensuring content is consistent and kept up to date with events for group sessions, announcements and any other relevant promotions or posts. A good knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with mental health issues, particularly eating disorders would be advantageous. Volunteers who have previously had an eating disorder, must have been fully recovered for at least two years before taking on this role. We are specifically looking for those who have:

  • Knowledge about using social media channels
  • The ability to ensure social media channels are up to date and informative
  • Clear communication skills
  • The ability to apply elements of creative thinking
  • Good timekeeping and organisational skills

What’s In It For You:

Being part of a supportive, informal and friendly group of fellow volunteers and like-minded people. The chance to develop your creative skills and gain excellent experience in social media management and communications.

Why We Want You:

Social media is a powerful tool for reaching out to those who need our help. It is often the first point of call for many individuals or families affected by eating disorders that are looking for support. By helping people join our community, to discuss their feelings and concerns, you can help them to look towards a more positive future.

Where: Online

When: Flexible

Commitment: Coordinate content for both the Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

Duration: Flexible

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Fundraising


Fundraising activities are a great way to support a charitable cause without commiting to a full role. We have listed a variety of ideas for you to choose from: read a book a week, change your hair or quit swearing for a day – our suggestions include something for everyone. Start fundraising today.

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