Becoming a Volunteer with EDS
Eating Disorders Support relies entirely on the support of volunteers to provide a helpline, email support and our regular self-help group.
Can you offer some of your time to help and support those who are experiencing difficulties in relation to food?
If you are interested, but wish to know more about what being a volunteer might involve, you may find the Q&As below helpful. Alternatively, please call us on 01494 793223 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What will I be asked to do?
A. There are a variety of roles a volunteer can take
1) Work on the telephone and/or email helpline
2) Be part of the self-help group team
3) Join our committee
Q. Do I need to have any special skills?
A. Helpline and support group volunteers need to be committed and reliable, have empathy and a caring nature, preferably with some background training in listening skills. It is helpful to have some experience - personal or professional - in understanding the issues that may cause people to contact us for support and information
NB If being on the self-help group rota is of interest, you must live/work within a 10 mile radius of Old Amersham, Bucks, as reliability and punctuality are of crucial importance.
Q. Will I be given any training before I begin working?
A. Yes we offer an induction and training in the chosen role. You would initially be working alongside an experienced volunteer. We offer additional ongoing training throughout the year.
Q. How do you support your volunteers?
A. All our helpline volunteers are given ongoing monthly supervision and training. The team meet from 630pm-8pm on the 4th Thursday of the month near Old Amersham, Bucks. Our supervisor is an experienced and qualified counsellor and trainer.
Q. How do I apply?
A. Please telephone 01494 793223 and speak to a volunteer or leave a message on our answer phone stating your name and telephone number and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Or email us on email@example.com You will be sent an application form and later asked to an interview near Old Amersham, Bucks.