This opportunity is based in Scarborough which is quite far from Coventry!
If you are a CU Scarborough student you can view the opportunity here
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.
Champion Volunteers attend events and deliver presentations and talks on behalf of PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
Introduction and purpose of role:
PAPYRUS believes that suicide is everyone’s business and only by engaging with everyone can a community become truly suicide safer.
Champion volunteers help us to build awareness of suicide prevention in local communities. They deliver a SP-ARK (Suicide Prevention – Awareness Resources and Knowledge) session to groups and let them know what help is available to those struggling with suicidal thoughts.
What would you be doing?
- Outreach to local groups/ workplaces/ communities to tell them about PAPYRUS and find opportunities for us to deliver training, talks and provide information leaflets
- Network within your own community to find opportunities to build suicide awareness
- Face-to-face sessions and attend community events, information stalls and sometimes conferences
- Presenting to groups delivering a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation is a key element of this role – we will train and support you with this
Where would you be volunteering?
- In your local area – by agreement with us in a variety of settings
- Supported by our regional teams
- Online via Teams/Zoom
We are looking for volunteers who:
- Enjoy public speaking – both presenting and conversing with new people
- Can show care and sensitivity when speaking with people
- Like meeting new people
- Are comfortable using IT
- Confident communicators
What you can expect from us:
- Receive a champion volunteer induction
- Be trained to deliver the Suicide Prevention: Awareness, Resources, Knowledge (SP-ARK) 30-minute briefing
- Undertake SP-EAK and safeguarding training
- Undertake ASIST training (if delivering independently)
Our regional teams will be available to answer questions you might have, respond to your requests for more materials and provide both face-to-face and telephone support to help guide you through your role. Support is also given in Session Reflections, which are after every activity and Keep in Touch Sessions, which are roughly every three months. Keep in touch sessions will be held with your named PAPYRUS representative who will be your main point of contact.
You will be invited to regular volunteer meetings to share ideas with other volunteers.
Champion volunteer is one of our more involved volunteering roles. Our champion volunteers typically attend four events per year on behalf of the charity, as well dedicate time to preparing for those events. Training for this role typically takes two or three days spanning over a few weeks so please bear that in mind if you are expressing an interest in this particular role.
Receive a champion volunteer induction
Be trained to deliver the Suicide Prevention: Awareness, Resources, Knowledge (SP-ARK) 30-minute briefing
Undertake SP-EAK and safeguarding training
Undertake ASIST training (if delivering independently)
Coventry and Warwickshire, Birmingham, Online
Benefits to self
Build your confidence in presenting, public speaking and talking to professionals
Learn to talk safely and sensitively about suicide
Benefits to others
Help equip people with knowledge about PAPYRUS and suicide prevention
A lot of our volunteering takes place online, but should you need to travel we will pay reasonable travel expenses. You do not need access to a vehicle for this opportunity.
We hope that you will dedicate time to one- two volunteer activities / attending meetings per month, dependent on your availability.
You will be given:
- Peer to peer support through Volunteer Meetings
- A dedicated point of contact [Volunteer Coordinator]
- 1:1 "Keep In Touch Sessions"
- Informal debriefing as needed
We will always pay any reasonable travel and refreshment expenses related to volunteering. Our principle is that you should never be left out-of-pocket for volunteering.
- Health & Social CareMental Health
- People & CommunitiesYoung People