Online Peer Support Volunteer

  • VO76546
  • Home-based volunteering


As an Online Peer Support Volunteer, you will provide email support on a one-to-one basis to young people with an eating disorder, aged between 12-25 years old.

All of our Online Peer Support Volunteers have recovered from their own eating disorder and are aged between 18 – 35 years old. You will be trained in how to offer support and guidance, as well as how to manage boundaries. All contact will be moderated by Beat staff as everyone’s safety is our priority.

The service will require you to commit to 1-2 hours per week, comprising of sending 1-3 emails within this time frame. The maximum length of time someone can receive this support is one year, however we would welcome your commitment in supporting others over the duration of this contract.










flexible to suit the volunteeer


olunteers must have recovered from an eating disorder, be under 35 years old and have been in recovery.
Experience required: Requirements: • You must have recovered from an eating disorder, be under 35 years old and have been in recovery for at least two years • Feel emotionally robust enough to offer support around circumstances that may be familiar to your own • Display knowledge and understanding of the needs of people affected by mental health issues • Have good knowledge and understanding of eating disorders and what effect they can have on the family • Be non-judgmental and a good listener, IT literate
Travel details: This is a remote-based opportunity, where volunteers will work from home.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses details: None (home based role)
Training details: Volunteers will receive an interactive training handbook. Training for this role will consist of reading this training handbook, followed by completion of a short question and answer component and email exercise. All training will be completed online. Following this, we will then get back in touch, asking how the volunteer found the exercise and provide them with some feedback, before beginning the matching process. There will be ongoing support from Beat, and regular check-ins with our volunteers to see whether there are any particular areas that they need extra support or training in. All emails between befrienders and their mentee will be moderated by Beat’s staff, with identifying/personal information removed to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Volunteers will also be invited to an online group with other befrienders to share best practice and to facilitate peer support and interaction, with this being a home-based role.
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