Helping People - Changing Lives

Have you got some time to spare and would like to do something positive and helpful in your own community? Are you looking for some excellent experience in your chosen field and your own on site mentor?

SOSAD is a community based registered charity that provides a range of responsive and effective supports to anyone affected by depression and or suicide. Our 300 plus volunteers are the source of our strength and success but we need more people to share your life experiences and really make a difference in the lives of others, and have some fun too.

We are now recruiting for the busy year ahead to ensure that we continue to offer the very best supports to anyone struggling with issues they cannot cope with. We have positions for receptionists, psychologists, suicide intervention officers and counsellors. The complete volunteer role descriptions are available below.

The SOSAD mission is to help prevent suicide and improve the lives of all people affected by depression and suicide and as a SOSAD volunteer you will:-

  • Share the benefits of your education and experience.
  • Help achieve the goals that all our SOSAD volunteers care most about- suicide prevention, providing the most effective and helpful supports to those struggling with depression and maybe thoughts of suicide as well as those bereaved by suicide.
  • Benefit from ongoing mentor support.
  • Challenge yourself continuously.
  • Partner with others who share your commitment to helping those struggling with Life.
  • Know that you are truly making a difference.

With your skills and experience you would be a huge help to our team.

The time commitment depends on the volunteer and the role but it is only for a few hours each week. If you are passionate about helping others and looking for new experiences and challenges then please e mail your CV and the names of 2 referees to info@sosadireland.ie. We will then arrange a formal interview and help arrange Garda vetting before you start your SOSAD induction and training. We do however ask for a minimum commitment of one year as it takes time and investment to get you fully trained.

Volunteer Roles

Admin / Receptionist

Our Organisation

SOSAD is a charity whose mission is to help reduce the number of suicides in Ireland, through awareness campaigns, helping those at risk and those already bereaved.

SOSAD (Save our Sons and Daughters) is an organisation with five main goals:

  • To raise awareness of suicide in Ireland.
  • To break the taboo surrounding suicide.
  • To provide support and direction to those feeling suicidal.
  • To provide support and direction to those approached by someone feeling suicidal.
  • To provide support and direction for those bereaved by suicide.

Overview of the Volunteer Role

SOSAD provides support for clients in several ways. Services include suicide interventions, Assessments, Counselling, and suicide bereavement support. As these take place in the SOSAD house throughout the day it very important to have a receptionist to meet and greet clients and ensure appointments are met and provide support while counselling services are ongoing.

Tasks

  • Ensure counselling room is set up for appointments i.e. heating, fragrance etc.
  • Greeting clients and provide refreshments.
  • Keep records of appointments.
  • Ensure clients and counsellors are aware of appointments in advance.
  • Taking phone calls and passing on the information or message to the correct colleague.
  • Completing the daily procedures for the shift.
  • Performing other admin duties as required or fulfilling other delegated duties.

Time Commitment

A provision of 4 hour segments either 10am – 2pm, 2pm – 6pm or 6pm to close (depending on what counselling sessions are booked) on any day of the week between Monday and Saturday. (Appointments can vary and occur throughout the day and evening – the exact time and date of which will be agreed beforehand).

Skills, Experience & Qualities Required

  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to relate well to others.
  • Professional but welcoming manner.
  • Ability to work on your own.
  • Experience in time management and management of others.
  • Good time keeping.

Training and Induction

  • The Volunteer will receive an induction to the organisation prior to start date.
  • The Volunteer will receive support and supervision.
  • The Volunteer Manager will be the direct supervisor for this role.
  • The Volunteer will receive ongoing support from the supervisor.

Benefits

  • Personal Development.
  • Opportunity to build up portfolio experience.
  • Opportunity to meet new people.
  • Raise awareness and develop your community.
  • Gain new skills and experience.

Expectations

  • The Volunteer conducts him/herself in a professional manner.
  • The Volunteer is respectful towards all other volunteers, clients, visitors and anyone who phones SOSAD.
  • The Volunteer will not speak on behalf of SOSAD without prior approval from the manager.
  • Good time keeping.
  • The Volunteer, while doing a lot to help SOSAD run smoothly, should gain valuable experience and hopefully a lot of personal satisfaction.

Location

SOSAD Ireland
30 Magdalene Street,
Drogheda,
Co. Louth
041 980 2854

Suicide Risk Assessment Officer

Overview

SOSAD provides support for clients in several ways. Support services include 24 hour helpline, detailed psychological or suicide risk assessments, counselling and follow up support. The main task of the assessor is primarily to keep clients safe from suicide, for the short term, until the client can be placed with a suitable counsellor and begin the counselling process.

The assessor is the first person that members of the public meet when they come to a SOSAD branch after a referral or a call to the helpline. It is the assessor’s role through administering a screening toll and through discussion with the individual to determine the risk level and to keep the individual safe short term from suicide until the client is placed with their counsellor.

Time Commitment

At least four hours a week, Monday-to Saturday.

Skills, Experience & Qualities Required

  • Background in Psychology ,Counselling or Mental Health Care.
  • Trained in the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) or something equivalent.
  • Ability to relate well to others.
  • Professional but welcoming manner.
  • Ability to work on your own.
  • Experience in time management and management of others.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Empathetic manner.

Training and Induction

  • The Volunteer will receive an induction to the organisation prior to start date as well as training in phone skill, personal health and safety and emergency guidelines.
  • The Volunteer will receive support and supervision.
  • The Volunteer Manager will be the direct supervisor for this role.
  • The Volunteer will receive ongoing support from the supervisor.

Benefits

  • Personal Development.
  • Opportunity to build up portfolio experience.
  • Opportunity to meet new people.
  • Raise awareness and develop your community.
  • Experience gained can be valuable when applying for postgraduate courses and future employment.

Expectations

  • The Volunteer conducts him/herself in a professional manner.
  • The volunteer complies with SOSAD’s policies and procedures.
  • The Volunteer is respectful towards all clients and professionals.
  • The Volunteer will not speak on behalf of SOSAD without prior approval from the manager.
  • Good time keeping.

Counsellors

Overview

SOSAD Ireland operates from 5 branches in the North East of Ireland, in Drogheda, Navan, Dundalk, Cavan, Carrickmacross and also Tullamore in Co. Offaly. Due to the increasing numbers of people coming to SOSAD looking for the professional and specialised supports we provide, we need more counsellors for each of the branches. Anyone interested and with some time to spare should e mail their CV with a cover note to info@sosadireland.ie

SOSAD support services include suicide prevention, suicide interventions as well as help and support to anyone affected by depression as well as those unfortunately bereaved by suicide. We provide free one to one counselling to anybody that needs it and at the time of writing have more than 200 people availing of this service every week.

While the primary concern of everyone in SOSAD is keeping people safe from suicide it is also crucial to help people deal with the issues that brought those people to such a state in distress. That is why our counsellors are such an important part of what SOSAD does. Counsellors should be accredited by one of the main counselling bodies in Ireland but we also take on trainees who need to build up their hours for accreditation.

Skills, Experience & Qualities Required

Counselling involves a process, the aim of which is to help others to help themselves by making better choices and becoming better choosers of options. The counsellor’s repertoire of skills includes those of forming an understanding relationship, as well as interventions, focused on helping clients change specific aspects of their feeling, thinking and acting.

In a counselling relationship, the counsellor and client work together to explore every aspect of the client’s circumstances, enabling the individual to re-evaluate his or her experiences, capabilities and potential.

Counsellors facilitate full and confidential expression of the client’s feelings, without diverting any attention to their own feelings.

The responsibility for change is placed with the client. This means that when changes are made, they are self-motivated, and therefore more likely to last and to be effective. Self-reliance is a central tenet of counselling.

Judgment

A good counsellor is someone who can learn not to make judgments on behalf of the person being helped. Although counsellors have their own values, these should not be imposed on the client – and the counsellor must retain the ability to listen to and accept the views of clients with other standards.

Patience and Acceptance

A counsellor rarely needs to use his or her self-control in dealing with people, even those people who are not likeable.

Experience

Learning to grow into a more complete person from the experience of life’s hard knocks can be a valuable quality in a counsellor.

Education

Formal degrees in psychology do not necessarily make good counsellors, but a common sense approach is not sufficient. Good counsellors are willing and able to learn about themselves and other people too.

Social Skills

It is not enough to be considered to be a good listener. Counsellors learn through training how to perceive all aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication, and deliberately improve their listening skills by using appropriate techniques during counselling.

Genuineness and Warmth

Effective counsellors have a genuine interest in other people. This is often referred to as respect or unconditional positive regard for the person being helped. People who do not need others in their lives may find this sort of warmth to unknown people as being problematic.

Discretion

Counsellors must show complete discretion, never revealing what others say or do within the counselling context. Confidentiality is paramount in counselling relationships.

Training and Induction

  • The Volunteer will receive an induction to the organisation prior to start date.
  • The Volunteer Manager will be the direct supervisor for this role.

Benefits

  • Personal Development.
  • Opportunity to build up portfolio experience.
  • Opportunity to meet new people

Expectations

  • The Volunteer conducts him/herself in a professional manner.
  • The Volunteer is respectful towards all clients and professionals.
  • The Volunteer will not speak on behalf of SOSAD without prior approval from the manager.
  • Good time keeping.

Suicide Intervention Officer

Overview

SOSAD provides support for clients in several ways. Support services include detailed psychological or suicide risk assessments, counselling and follow up support. All these take place in the SOSAD house but one of the most crucial services we offer is our 24 hour support for anyone at risk, depressed or needing our specialised range of supports for someone else. The main task of our suicide interventions is primarily to keep callers safe from suicide, for the short term, until SOSAD can meet the client and progress things to the client’s satisfaction.

Time Commitment

Being available either one night a week to take any calls from about 8pm to 9am the following day or during Saturday or Sunday day time from 10am to 6pm.

Skills, Experience & Qualities Required

  • Trained in the ASIST suicide intervention skills program or something equivalent.
  • Ability to relate well to others.
  • Professional but welcoming manner.
  • Ability to work on your own.
  • Experience in time management and management of others.
  • Good time keeping.

Training and Induction

  • The Volunteer will receive an induction to the organisation prior to start date as well as training in phone skills, personal health and safety and emergency guidelines.
  • The Volunteer will receive support and supervision.
  • The Volunteer Manager will be the direct supervisor for this role.
  • The Volunteer will receive ongoing support from the supervisor.

Benefits

  • Personal Development.
  • Opportunity to build up portfolio experience.
  • Opportunity to meet new people.
  • Raise awareness and develop your community.

Expectations

  • The Volunteer conducts him/herself in a professional manner.
  • The Volunteer is respectful towards all clients and professionals.
  • The Volunteer will not speak on behalf of SOSAD without prior approval from the manager.
  • Good time keeping.

Suicide Intervention Officers

Basically these are the volunteers that are available outside the normal working hours to take any emergency calls. Many people are at their highest risk during the night or weekends and we need to be ready and available to take these calls and keep any caller safe from suicide. That is the essence of this role, keeping people safe from suicide for the short term and then making sure that they get fully assessed by the SOSAD assessment team as soon as possible.

 
 
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