Support Services Volunteer Training

Training for 2019 took place in September. Our next training will take place in 2020.

For any queries, please contact Kathy Downes, Bodywhys Support Officer supportofficer@bodywhys.ie

Support Services – Volunteer Application Process

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

All Bodywhys support services are delivered by trained volunteers.

  • 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.
  • 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.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Kathy Downes, Bodywhys Support Officer supportofficer@bodywhys.ie

Application Form

If you are interested in volunteering with Bodywhys, please complete the application form.
– Volunteering Online Application Form

What’s involved?

  • Volunteer training takes place on an annual basis, over two Saturdays, in Dublin.
  • 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.

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