Bipolar Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC021705

We are Scotland’s national charity for people living with bipolar. We have almost 30 years of experience of supporting those who live with bipolar. Our strategic priorities are:

• To empower and support
• To influence and campaign
• To grow and improve

We offer a number of self-help groups across Scotland and in Summer 2022 are launching a new peer support service for people newly diagnosed with bipolar.


Current opportunities

To co-facilitate a self-help group for people living with bipolar on a monthly basis. This will include welcoming people, encouraging and guiding discussion, as well as dealing sensitively with issues or conflict that may arise within the group meeting. One facilitator is also responsible for collating and reporting group statistics after each meeting, whilst the other facilitator takes the lead for booking guest speakers. Key Responsibilities · Attend Group Facilitator Training organised by Bipolar Scotland · To co-facilitate a self-help group at the agreed time each month · To act as first point of contact for individuals who wish to join a group (as required), ensuring they receive a warm welcome · To send the Zoom meeting link to group participants prior to each session (online groups only) · To welcome and book guest speakers · To note attendance and submit a short statistical form online after each meeting · To inform the Delivery and Development Officer of any adverse incidents or concerns following a group session · To attend regular support and supervision sessions with the Delivery and Development Officer and other volunteers · To adhere to all Bipolar Scotland’s policy and procedures · To maintain the highest level of confidentiality and professional boundaries at all times · To inform your co-facilitator and Bipolar Scotland at the earliest opportunity if you are unable to co-facilitate a session for any reason, and where possible identify a replacement

To co-facilitate a self-help group for people living with bipolar on a monthly basis. This will include welcoming people, encouraging and guiding discussion, as well as dealing sensitively with issues or conflict that may arise within the group meeting. One facilitator is also responsible for collating and reporting group statistics after each meeting, whilst the other facilitator takes the lead for booking guest speakers. Key Responsibilities •Attend Group Facilitator Training organised by Bipolar Scotland •To co-facilitate a self-help group at the agreed time each month •To act as first point of contact for individuals who wish to join a group (as required), ensuring they receive a warm welcome •To welcome and book guest speakers •To note attendance and submit a short statistical form online after each meeting •To inform the Delivery and Development Officer of any adverse incidents or concerns following a group session •To attend regular support and supervision sessions with the Delivery and Development Officer and other volunteers •To adhere to all Bipolar Scotland’s policy and procedures •To maintain the highest level of confidentiality and professional boundaries at all times •To inform your co-facilitator and Bipolar Scotland at the earliest opportunity if you are unable to co-facilitate a session for any reason, and where possible identify a replacement

'Beyond Diagnosis' is driven by people with lived experience of bipolar. ‘Bipolar Scotland’ wants to ‘join up’ with people who would like to be part of our innovative, new project, as one of our Peer Support Volunteers. Our exciting and innovative new service means that people who have recently gone through a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, can now speak to a peer volunteer who has gone through a similar experience to them. The volunteer will work remotely working alongside peer workers and other colleagues. Key duties are: - provide complimentary practical and emotional support - utilise their lived experience of living well with bipolar disorder, to inspire and empower those who use the service - draw on their knowledge and skills to provide practical support in areas such as personal finance, budgeting, social inclusion, employability and education - support individuals to achieve their goals, to create meaningful and sustainable connections with other sources of support within their communities - instil a sense of hope for the future and what they can achieve. So, if you are now living well with your bipolar disorder, and would like to spend a little time helping someone who has recently had a diagnosis, Bipolar Scotland would like to meet you.

Peer Support Volunteer - Bipolar Summary of Role: We would like to meet people who live with bipolar disorder and who have reached the point that they are managing their bipolar well. If you would like to spend a little of your time helping someone who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then we would like to hear from you. The Volunteer Role (on-line and home-based): Working collaboratively with the Peer Workers and other colleagues, our Peer Support Volunteers provide complimentary practical and emotional support to those who have been newly diagnosed with bipolar. Our volunteers are able to utilise their lived experience of living well with bipolar disorder, to inspire and empower those who use the service to acquire and enhance skills to improve their personal resilience and enable them to live well with bipolar too. They will draw on their knowledge and skills to provide practical support in areas such as personal finance, budgeting, social inclusion, employability and education to support individuals to achieve their goals, to create meaningful and sustainable connections with other sources of support within their communities and instil a sense of hope for the future and what they can achieve. Volunteering times are flexible on any day, either morning, afternoon and evenings, to mutually suit the volunteer and the person benefitting from peer support. We would expect approximately 1 to 2 hours per week or fortnight time commitment