Volunteering Overview: Support Services

All Bodywhys support services are delivered by trained volunteers.

As part of the range of support services, Bodywhys offers:

Requirements for volunteering

  • Applicants must be over 20 years of age to apply.
  • Volunteers are expected to commit for a minimum of one year.
  • Due to the level of training required, and the volunteering rota, it is not possible to volunteer on a short-term basis.
  • Due to the often challenging nature of providing support, our recovery policy asks that people, who have been affected by an eating disorder, are two years fully recovered before volunteering in direct services.

Role and Confidentiality

  • Confidentiality is an essential part of our work. Volunteers listen to and hear about sensitive, emotional and challenging situations affecting people with eating disorders, their family members and friends.
  • It is important that volunteers and incoming trainees be mindful of disclosing their status to others, both in person and online, including social media. Your role as a volunteer should be viewed as something to talk about on a need to know basis only.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Kathy Downes, Bodywhys Support Services Manager supportmanager@bodywhys.ie

Volunteer Application Form

If you are interested in volunteering with Bodywhys, please complete the application form.

– Volunteering Online Application Form

Training: What’s involved?

  • Normally, volunteer training takes place on an annual basis, over two Saturdays, in Dublin. However, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, training takes place online.
  • Our volunteer training for 2021 has concluded. Our next training will be in 2022.
  • It is mandatory to attend both training days.
  • All notes are provided.
  • Training focuses on understanding eating disorders, recovery, active listening skills, and written or group facilitation skills, where applicable.
  • After the initial training, trainee volunteers undergo a period of shadowing and supervision to learn from experienced volunteers. The shadowing process is based on a rota system and typically takes a number of months. Supervision is provided by Bodywhys staff, our Support Officer.
  • Please note that Bodywhys does not offer psychotherapy or counselling to those who contact our services, nor does the organisation endorse a specific form of therapy or treatment.
  • Training and volunteering with Bodywhys cannot be used for psychotherapy or counselling credits.
  • Bodywhys is not in a position to pay travel expenses towards attendance at training.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

Through our Media Panel, if you have had previous personal experience of an eating disorder and wish to share your story.

Through our Youth Panel (13-25), who work with our Youth Development Officer.